22 Jan

Small, Lovely and Hardy Flowering Plant: Hypoxis

Hypoxis or Star Flower is a genus of more than 90 species that grow in most climates and conditions – from summer rainfall areas to marshy forests and from sunny grasslands to rocky landscapes. Hypoxis are identified by their typical star-shaped flowers and usually hairy leaves. Flowers are usually yellow or white that bloom in late spring till early summer.

Hypoxis are tough plants that survive drought and frost. They can be grown easily in landscapes or as small ornamental plants in containers. Most species of Hypoxis are low growing, thus, they can be used a ground covers as well.

Hypoxis, The Yellow Star Flower

Hypoxis, The Yellow Star Flower, Image by Scott Zona

Hypoxis are grown from seeds or by dividing rhizomes. They thrive in a sunny location where they receive moderate water in a well-drained soil.

Common species include: Hypoxis Rooperi, H. Argentea, H. Costata, and H. Angustifolia.

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