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Flaigg, Norman G.
Hypoxis hirsuta (L.) Coville
Common goldstar, Yellow star-grass, Eastern yellow star-grass
Synonym(s): Hypoxis decumbens, Ornithogalum hirsutum
USDA Symbol: hyhi2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
A low, tufted, grass-like perennial, eastern yellow star-grass grows 3-8 in. tall from a hard, hairy corm. The hairy, grass-like leaves originate from the base of the plant. Slender, thread-like flowering stems may be erect or reclining. They carry 3/4 in., star-shaped, yellow flowers below the top of the leaves.
This small plant can easily be confused with a grass unless its distinctive flower is seen.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf Complexity: Simple Leaf:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
, WV Canada: ON Native Distribution:
w. to Man., e. CO
& e. TX Native Habitat:
Open woods; dry to damp prairies & meadows
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Rich, acid loam.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
BenefitUse Wildlife: Attracts bees and butterflies.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Easily propagated by division while the plant is dormant in spring or fall. Separate the corms that form around the parent plant. Seeds should be sown in fall, barely covered with soil.
Seed Collection: The tiny black seeds are elusive and difficult to collect.
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Record Last Modified: 2012-10-03
Research By: TWC Staff