Aristea ecklonii



Legal Status: Unwanted Organism - BNZ
Status in New Zealand: Established
Organism: Land plants

Other common names: Wild iris, Blue iris


Aristea is a perennial with stiff, upright, iris-like leaves that grow in clumps up to 70 cm tall. In spring, dozens of small blue flowers are produced, which then turn into seed capsules 2cm long containing flat dark brown seeds.


Aristea tolerates a wide variety of conditions. It spreads by seeds and also by division of the rooted clumps. It can form dense stands, displacing other species and opening canopy to invasion from other weeds.

What to do

Contact your regional council to determine the status of this species and the responsibility for control and/or advice on control.

Page last updated: 12 December 2008