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Rhodohypoxis baurii var. platypetala

Common Name:
Red star
Plant Type:
Cormous perennial
Hypoxidaceae (The Star Grass Family)
Geographic Origin:
South and Southern Africa
California Native?:
Plant Size:
3 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
This small, showy perennial prized for rock garden and pot culture has 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, it will display many small 6-parted blossoms on individual 3-4 inch stems. The variety platypetala is smaller but more prolific than many selections, with uniformly white blossoms. Winter deciduous. Sun, well drained soil, moderate watering. Shield them from winter rains if possible.