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Hypoxis hirsuta

Family: Hypoxidaceae
Genus: Hypoxis (hy-POK-sis) (Info)
Species: hirsuta (her-SOO-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Hypoxis decumbens
Synonym:Ornithogalum hirsutum

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under 6 in. (15 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Groundwork94 On Sep 27, 2011, Groundwork94 from Oakton, VA wrote:

In spring of 2010, I got a small piece of this plant from the edges of a 'defunct' graveyard (no burials there for about 75 years) here in No. Va. It bloomed nicely this spring - the surprise? It is currently 9/27/11 and it is still in bloom! It is in light shade, good but not overly rich soil.

Neutral JodyC On Jan 17, 2005, JodyC from Palmyra, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

The flowers attract small bees primarily, including Little Carpenter bees, Mason bees, and Halicitine bees. These insects collect pollen and are usually females. Other insect visitors include Syrphid flies and beetles, which feed on pollen. Cross-pollination is required for fertile seeds. Small rodents occasionally eat the corms; otherwise, little information is available regarding this plant's relationships to other fauna.
This dainty wildflower is easily overlooked, except when it's in bloom. It rarely exceeds 6" in height.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Hinsdale, Illinois
Canton, Massachusetts
Erie, Michigan
Pinconning, Michigan
Piedmont, Missouri
Millersburg, Pennsylvania
Austin, Texas
Houston, Texas
Oakton, Virginia
Roanoke, Virginia

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