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Broad-leaved hypoxis

Hypoxis colchicifolia

Yellow stars, Star lily, African potato (Eng.), Sterretjie, Afrika-patat (Afr.)

This low maintenance plant is a must-have for any South African garden enthusiast who loves g​rassland species. Their pleasant star-shaped flowers create an interest in any bright garden. A unique fact about this species is that it has thick hairs on the bulb that protect it from fire damage, as it originates from grass plains that have frequent fires.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Spring
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Harvests seeds after flowering.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed when they are ripe in spring at a depth of 1 cm and space them 15 cm apart. Sow in a well-drained soil medium. Germination should take place within 3-8 weeks.
Division
Divide the 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 three 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.

Geography

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

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Personality

Family
Hypoxidaceae
Flower colour
Yellow
Scent
Mild

Problems

As the plant is covered in many fine hairs, making this plant unpalatable to pests. This plant originates from areas with summer rainfall and requires a well-draining soil if grown in winter-rainfall areas.

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