Monday, January 18, 2016

Put some twinkle in your garden

The Common Goldstar or Yellow Star Grass (Hypoxis hirsuta) will twinkle like little star in your garden. The plant is a perennial in the herbaceous family that are grown from seeds and planted 1¼ inches deep, from which a corm or small bulb will form. They have basal leaves that are semi-erect, narrow, hairy, and of mid-green in color that grow 12 to 24 inches in height. The yellow, green backed flowers open on top of the five to seven stems that reach four to seven inches in height and bloom from spring to late summer. The flowers are upward facing measuring one inch across. Common Goldstar enjoy humus-rich, moist soil that drains well in full sun with midday shade. The plant can be grown in Zones 5-8.

Common Goldstar is native to the United States, the only one of the Hypoxis genus and was/is used by some Native Americans for heart conditions, mood enhancer, and in the treating of ulcers. At the end of flower blooming small black pods will form that will burst open and released the tiny black seeds. The plants are also spread by rhizomes that are non-invasive. Hey do not hold up well in drought conditions so make sure the soil stays moist. This plant is considered to be ornamental, to be enjoyed and treasured in the garden.

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