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Common Goldstar Hypoxis hirsuta

Previously known as:

  • Hypoxis decumbens
  • Ornithogalum hirsutum
Phonetic Spelling
hy-POK-sis her-SOO-tuh
Description

Common Goldstar is a low, tufted, grass-like plant that grows from a hard corm.  The corm is hard and hairy.  It is found growing in open woodlands, abandoned fields, lawns, prairies, and other open areas.  Although not an aggressive plant, it can spread to form colonies.  

Its close resemblance to grass is only distinguishable when the plant is in bloom.  

Carpenter bees, Mason bees, and Halictid bees are attracted to the blooms.  Some flies and beetles feed on the pollen.  Small rodents may eat the corms.  

Insects, Diseases and Other Plant Problems:  The seeds are tiny, difficult to collect.  

More information on Hypoxis.

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Tags:
#bees#yellow flowers#spring flowers#moist soil#woodland#grass-like#pollinator plant#native wildflower#food source summer#food source nectar#food source pollen#Piedmont Mountains FAC#Coastal FACW#native#dry soils tolerant#audubon
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#yellow flowers#spring flowers#moist soil#woodland#grass-like#pollinator plant#native wildflower#food source summer#food source nectar#food source pollen#Piedmont Mountains FAC#Coastal FACW#native#dry soils tolerant#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hypoxis
    Species:
    hirsuta
    Family:
    Hypoxidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Distribution:
    AL, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts bees, butterflies and other pollinators.
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Wildlife Food Source
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 3 in. - 0 ft. 7 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 3 in. - 0 ft. 8 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
    Wildflower
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Deep shade (Less than 2 hours to no direct sunlight)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Description:
    Displays from May to July.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    A loose cluster of yellow one to three star-shaped flower buds. The 3/4" flowers bloom with six, pointed petals. Bloom from March to June. The center contains a yellow pistil surrounded by 6 stamens with yellow anthers.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    12" tall hairy, narrow grasslike leaves that originate from the base of the plant. The leaves are linear or linear-elliptic in shape.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Straight
    Stem Description:
    The 8" stems can be erect or reclining. Each stem will end in a loose umbel of 1 or 2 flowers.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Pollinators