Herbs & Plants

Hypoxis hemerocallidea

Botanical Name: Hypoxis hemerocallidea
Family: Hypoxidaceae
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Asparagales
Genus: Hypoxis
Species:H. hemerocallidea

*Hypoxis elata Hook.f. nom. illeg.
*Hypoxis obconica Nel
*Hypoxis patula Nel
*Hypoxis rooperi T.Moore

Common Names: African star grass, African potato, Star lily, Magic muthi or Yellow stars

Habitat: Hypoxis hemerocallidea is native to southern Africa from South Africa as far north as Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Hypoxis hemerocallidea is a tuberous perennial plant with straplike leaves and yellow star-shaped flowers. The leaves are up to 400 mm long, neatly arranged one above the other in 3 ranks, broad, stiff and arching outwards with prominent ribs and tapering towards the tips. The lower surface of the leaves is densely hairy with white hairs.


Hypoxis hemerocallidea grows well in full sun in well-drained soil. Hypoxis hemerocallidea flowers freely throughout summer. The yellow star-like flowers are eye-catching in any setting. It is excellent for a rockery or as a border to flower beds, but is also suitable for container planting.

Propagation: Propagation of Hypoxis hemerocallidea is difficult due to seed dormancy and the species does not naturally propagate easily from corms.The chipping and scooping methods resulted in fully developed ‘daughter corms’ planted individually.

Mediicinal Uses:
Hypoxis is promoted as an alternative medicine treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia, but research has found no evidence of beneficial effect. Additionally, Hypoxis alters the activity of cytochrome P450, suggesting that it may interfere with the effectiveness of other drugs or supplements, such as antiretroviral drugs.

Research results showed that the tuberous rootstock (corm) of African Potato is used traditionally to treat wasting diseases, testicular tumours, insanity, barrenness, impotency, bad dreams, intestinal parasites, urinary infection, cardiac disease and enhancing immunity.

Known Hazards:
Do not buy or consume (drink) Miracle Mineral Solution products or associated products described as water purification solutions. …
When consumed, these products can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and symptoms of severe dehydration. …
These products are not approved medicines.

Disclaimer : The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplement, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.


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