The mountains of South Africa are home to this unusual, bright showy plant which looks like a cross between a giant sisyrinchium and an iris. Sprays of the deepest cobalt blue stars arise from compact iris-like leaves. Long-lived in a well-drained sheltered spot.
For best results, sow immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. We sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination, as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, often waiting for natural spring germination, hence giving them a full season of growth.
Common name:Blue Stars