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Hypoxis hirsuta

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Bulbs

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: acid, neutral, rich, loam, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 6"-12"

Bloom Time: April, May, June

Bloom Color: yellow

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Additional Tags: attracts bees, clumping, deer resistant, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, rock garden plant, shade garden plant

Hypoxis hirsuta (common goldstar)
  • Hypoxis hirsuta (common goldstar)
  • Hypoxis hirsuta (common goldstar)

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Description

Hypoxis hirsuta

Also known as:

common goldstar

,

hairy stargrass

,

yellow star grass

,

common stargrass

Scientific Synonyms:

Hypoxis decumbens, Ornithogalum hirsutum

Description

Hypoxis hirsuta is a small, grass-like member of the Lily family, with 1" across bright yellow, star-shaped flowers reminiscent of daffodils. The leaves are up to 1/2" across, often taller than the flowering stems, and noticeably hairy, hence the specific epithet hirsuta (the Latin word for hairy). Each flowering stalk (also hairy), is terminally divided and will bear two or more flowers.

Cultivation

Common goldstar is very adaptable and easy to grow. It prefers full to part-sun, but will tolerate part-shade. The soil should be moist to slightly dry, and well-drained. It's versatility, small size, and early blooming period, make it a good choice to grow among later emerging perennials. It can also be used as an alternative to snowdrops and crocuses, or to naturalize in lawn areas that wont be mowed until early summer. It enjoys a long blooming period that lasts about a month, from mid-spring to early summer. Zones 3-9

Propagation

Separate corms from the parent plant during its dormancy period. Propagate from seed in fall.

Additional Notes

Hypoxis hirsuta is underutilized and rarely available for sale, yet it is an excellent alternative to exotic bulbs and worthy of wider distribution.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Possibly Extirpated: ME
  • Threatened: NH

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida Monocotyledons
Subclass Liliidae
Order Liliales
Family Liliaceae Lily family
Genus Hypoxis star-grass
Species Hypoxis hirsuta common goldstar