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Cape star

Pauridia aquatica

Cape stars are spring flowering corms. Generally, they are sun-loving, so the flowers remain closed if conditions are cold or wet, often for several days at a time, until the weather improves. Even on warm, sunny days, the flowers open for only a few hours, usual midday between 11 am and 4 pm.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Spring

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Division
Divide corms in the dormant season and replant with first winter rains.
Seed
Sow seed in Autumn and keep moist!

Special features

Drought resistant
Survive dry summers by staying dormant. Corms regrow after the first winter rains.
Wet sites
Love to grow in wetlands with a dry summer period or on the edges of ponds!
Attractive flowers
Bright yellow 5 petal flowers.

Geography

Origin
Africa, South Africa, Cape Province
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Personality

Family
Hypoxidaceae
Flower colour
Yellow, white, pink
Scent
None

Problems

Generally problem free.

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