Hypoxis hemerocallidea (Yellow Stars) is a small perennial plant growing to 2-5 ft tall. It is found in the wild throughout South Africa and grows in a variety of conditions. It is a sun-loving plant, thriving in full sun and requires moderate water. Given the right conditions it will produce beautiful yellow to orange funnel-shaped flowers that bloom from summer through to autumn. Its ethnomedical uses range from an expectorant, antiseptic and diuretic, to an anti-inflammatory, and even a treatment for poor vision.
When growing Hypoxis hemerocallidea in a pot, the pot should be left outdoors to receive full sun, but in cold regions needs to be brought inside when the temperature drops to freezing. Soil should be kept moist but well-drained. The plant should be fed every other week with a balanced fertilizer and pruned in the late winter when the plant is not in bloom.
Overall, Hypoxis hemerocallidea is a hardy and rewarding plant to grow if given care and the correct conditions. When in full bloom its magical sight and its many ethnomedical uses have made it a popular plant for many.