Moraea aristata Asch. & Graebn.
Moraea aristata belongs to the group of bulbous and tuberous plants.
Moraea aristata was already described and the name validly published by Daniel Delaroche. It was Paul Friedrich August Ascherson and Karl Otto Robert Peter Paul Graebner, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1906.
Moraea aristata is a species in the genus Moraea which contains approximately 203 to 214 species and belongs to the family of the Iridaceae (Iris Family). The type species of the genus is Moraea vegeta.
The plants reach heights of 25 to 35 centimetres.
Moraea aristata is deciduous. The simple leaves are alternate. They are lanceolate with entire margins.
Flowers and Fruits
Moraea aristata produces cymose corymbs of white three-stellate flowers from June to July.
The plants produce loculicidal capsules.
Moraea aristata is native to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland.
The plants prefer a sunny situation on dry to moderately moist soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -7Â°C (USDA zone 9).
Maintenance and Propagation
Pests and Diseases
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