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Star flower

Hypoxis hemerocallidea

Hypoxis rooperi

This plant is a renowned species within its genus with recognisable bright yellow star-shaped flowers and green strap-like leaves. A unique fact about this species is that it has thick hairs on the bulb that protects it from fire damage, as it originates from grassland areas that have frequent fires.​

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Spring

Harvesting

Harvest seeds in autumn and store until spring.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed when they are ripe in spring at a depth of 1 cm and space them 15 cm apart. Seeds remain dormant for one year after flowering, thus germination might be erratic.
Division
Preferred method of propagation. Divide offsets in winter and plant them with the bulb's neck just below the soil surface and space them 15 cm apart. It usually takes 3 years to reach maturity.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
It attracts bees, beetles and wasps.
Drought resistant
This species requires very little water making it a great plant for a water-wise garden.
Pot plant
This species can be grown in a range of pots, and perfect for a sunny spot in the garden.

Geography

Origin
Africa, North and South America, Southeastern Asia and Australia
Natural climate
Arid Interior

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Personality

Family
Hypoxidaceae
Flower colour
Yellow
Scent
Mild

Problems

The plant is covered in many fine hairs, therefore it is unpalatable to pests.

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