Foliage emerges in spring. Each leaf resembles a blade of grass except that these are covered with fine filamentous hairs, to a greater degree than normal. From the center of each loose rosette of leaves rises numerous cerise-pink flower on lax stems, usually two flowers per stem but sometimes more. They are about 1/2 wide and composed of 6 petals. Grows to about 3″ to 4″ and can spread to about 6″. It will continue to expand over time.
Rhodohypoxis Rhodohypoxis baurii X Hypoxis hirsuta is native to South Africa.
The combination of cold AND moisture is lethal to these plants. It is thus best to plant them in a very well draining area, such as a rock wall, or bring them into a sheltered place for the winter.
10/27/2020 Decided to repot and divide the one that we have. It was a 4″ pot and seemed to be full to the gills. I emptied the pot and tried to separate out the individual corms. They varied in size between perhaps 1/8″ across to about ½”. The roots on them were dried and on the tops, they had clumps of hairs. Luckily the roots were coarser than the hairy tops, so I could tell which way to put them back into the pots. In the original pot that had all been effectively on the surface, so I filled the pots almost full and then pushed the corms back into the soil, covering them finally with less than ½” of soil. In all, I now have 8 pots, each with some larger and smaller corms. I did not water and will hold off watering until the new year unless I start to see growth.
05/20/2021 All pots are growing well. I started to give them water back in April and they are now growing outside in the can yard. Started to flower late May and into June.
Breeder: West Acre gardens, UK
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P20129
We acquired this plant from Connie Hansen Garden Conservancy.