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Care of the plant Hypoxis setosa or Yellow star grass.

Care of the plant Hypoxis setosa or Yellow star grass

The genus Hypoxis, family Hypoxidaceae, comprises 80 species of rhizomatous plants native to Africa, Australia, America and Southeast Asia. Some species are: Hypoxis setosa, Hypoxis decumbens, Hypoxis juncea, Hypoxis villosa, Hypoxis hirsuta.

Common name: Yellow star grass. This species is native of South Africa.

They are hairy plants with corm that reach 20 cm in height. The leaves are lanceolate, light green in color and have a very marked central channel. The showy yellow flowers are star-shaped. They bloom during the summer.

They are used for borders in the foreground, in rockeries and in pots and planters.

Hypoxis setosa needs full sun exposure. They resist the heat of the Mediterranean summer and frost.

They can grow in any type of well-drained soil. The sowing of the corms is done in early spring.

Water moderately waiting for the substrate to be dry. Do not water in winter. They have high resistance to drought.

Fertilize in mid-spring with slow-release mineral fertilizer.

They do not need pruning. Remove dead leaves in autumn and leave corms dry buried or remove and store until planting.

They are resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases.

They propagate by division in spring. It can take a year for the seeds to have adequate germination power.

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Hypoxis setosa
Hypoxis setosa
Hypoxis setosa
 

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