Also known as
Yellow star, Sterblom, Geelsterretjie, Gifbol (Afr.), Moli kharatsa, lotsane (Sothern Sotho), Inkomfe, Inkomfe enkulu (Zulu), Tshuka (Tswane), Inongwe, Ilabatheka, Ixhalanxa, Ikhubalo Lezithunzela (Xhosa), (Wrongly Called African Potato)
Hypoxis hemerocallidea by Nicola van Berkel (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/)
This plant has a mild fragrance
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Star Flower Overview
This plant is a renowned species within its genus with recognisable bright yellow star-shaped flowers and green strap-like leaves. A unique fact about this species is that it has thick hairs on the bulb that protects it from fire damage, as it originates from grassland areas that have frequent fires. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West.
Common problems with Star Flower
The plant is covered in many fine hairs, therefore it is unpalatable to pests.
How to harvest Star Flower
Harvest seeds in autumn and store until spring.
How to propagate Star Flower
Sow seed when they are ripe in spring at a depth of 1 cm and space them 15 cm apart. Seeds remain dormant for one year after flowering, thus germination might be erratic.
Preferred method of propagation. Divide 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 3 years to reach maturity.
Special features of Star Flower
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.
This species can be grown in a range of pots, and perfect for a sunny spot in the garden.