Hypoxis hemerocallidea

Hypoxis hemerocallidea
Hypoxis hemerocallidea
Hypoxis hemerocallidea

Common names: African potato (English). 
Botanical name: Hypoxis hemerocallidea

Hypoxis hemerocallidea, known as African potato or star lily, is a well known medicinal plant. This hardy, bulbous perennial has strappy, hairy leaves arranged in triangles. From early spring into summer, it bears bright yellow, star-shaped flowers that bloom sequentially. Traditionally used to treat HIV, cancer, urinary infections, tuberculosis, and arthritis, Hypoxis hemerocallidea contains compounds that stimulate immunity. In gardens, this tough, drought-tolerant plant works well in beds, borders, and containers, providing cheerful color and unique foliage.

Uses & Benefits: dye, medicine, pot plant

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Family: Hypoxidaceae
Type: geophyte
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Use as Medicine


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