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A picture of a Broad-Leaved Hypoxis

Broad-Leaved Hypoxis

Hypoxis colchicifolia

Also known as

Yellow Stars, Star Lily, African Potato , Sterretjie, Afrika-Patat (Afr.), Ilabatheka

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Broad-Leaved Hypoxis Overview

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. This is a common feature plant. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Western Cape.

Common problems with Broad-Leaved Hypoxis

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.

    How to harvest Broad-Leaved Hypoxis

    Harvests seeds after flowering.

    How to propagate Broad-Leaved Hypoxis


    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.


    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 of Broad-Leaved Hypoxis

    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.

    Other uses of Broad-Leaved Hypoxis