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Rhodohypoxis baurii 'Picta'

Common Name:
Red star
Plant Type:
Cormous perennial
Hypoxidaceae (The Star Grass Family)
Geographic Origin:
South and Southern Africa
California Native?:
Plant Size:
3-4 inches high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
rock gardens
Flowering Season:
Spring and summer
Flower Color:
Sun or light shade
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 0 degrees F. or less
Rhodohypoxis baurii is a small, showy perennial prized for rock garden and pot culture with thickened, cormlike rhizomes from which clumps of hairy, grasslike leaves appear in spring. Beginning a few weeks later and often continuing well into the summer, many small 6-parted blossoms are displayed on individual 3-4 inch stems. 'Picta' has 1 inch sparkling white blossoms, each petal tipped with red. Winter deciduous. Sun, well drained soil, moderate watering. Shield them from winter rains if possible.