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PlantFiles: Aristea
Aristea africana

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Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Aristea (air-ISS-tee-uh) (Info)
Species: africana (af-ri-KAHN-uh) (Info)

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Category:
Bulbs

Height:
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Medium Blue
Dark Blue

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Foliage:
Evergreen
Herbaceous

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive dmj1218 On Jan 20, 2007, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Obviously a South African native, mainly winter growing but the strap-like leaves remain evergreen year round. Spreads slowly by rhizomes; good for a pot at least 12" wide or a rock garden; likes fairly rich but well-drained soil; blooms blue with contrasting yellow anthers on 18" stems in late spring/early summer for about a month and a half. An easy to grow plant for me.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Berkeley, California
Austin, Texas
Houston, Texas



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