Hypoxis hirsute – Starflower – Star Grass –


Hypoxis – Starflower – Star Grass –

There are about 150 species of cormous perennials, in this genus. They are widespread in Africa, Southeastern Asia, Australia, and North, Central and South America. It produces linear to lance shaped, ribbed, 3-12″ long, light to mid green, basal leaves often covered with hairs. From spring to summer it bears usually yellow star shaped flowers, ½-1 ½” diameter held singly or in loose clusteers atop of wiry stems. Grow in a rock garden.

Plant corms 1 1/4″ deep when dormant, in humus rich, moist but well drained soil in full sun with some midday shade, or in dapple shade. Protect from excessive winter and summer, moisture, and shelter from cold, drying winds. Starflowers resent transplanting once established.

Prone to rust and leaf spots.

H. hirsuta – This cormous perennial from Eastern North America grows 4-8″ tall. It produces semi erect, narrowly linear, ribbed, hairy, mid green, basal leaves, to 12″ long. From spring to summer it bears stems that carry up to 7 upward facing, yellow, green backed flowers, to 1″ across.

Zones 5-8