Also known as
Yellow Stars, Star Lily, African Potato , Sterretjie, Afrika-Patat (Afr.), Ilabatheka
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 grassland 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.
This species requires very little water making it a great plant for a water-wise garden.