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Cape Star

Pauridia aquatica

Also known as

Spiloxene, Golden Star, Sterretjie, Kaapse Sterretjie (Afr.), Vleiblommetjie, Vlei-Uintjie, Watersterblom, Watersterretjie

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

10a-10b

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

40cm

Max

20cm

20cm

Min

10cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Cape Star Overview

Cape stars are spring flowering corms. Generally, they are sun-loving, so the flowers remain closed if conditions are cold or wet, often for several days at a time, until the weather improves. Even on warm, sunny days, the flowers open for only a few hours, usual midday between 11 am and 4 pm. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Western Cape.

Common problems with Cape Star

Generally problem free.

    How to harvest Cape Star

    Generally not harvested

    How to propagate Cape Star

    Division

    Divide corms in the dormant season and replant with first winter rains.

    Seed

    Sow seed in Autumn and keep moist!

    Special features of Cape Star

    Drought resistant

    Survive dry summers by staying dormant. Corms regrow after the first winter rains.

    Pot plant

    Wet sites

    Love to grow in wetlands with a dry summer period or on the edges of ponds!

    Attractive flowers

    Bright yellow 5 petal flowers.

    Attracts bees