Hypoxis hemerocallidea is a tuberous perennial with strap-like leaves and yellow star-shaped flowers. The leaves of this bulb are arranged in a triangular fashion and the lower surface of the leaves is densely hairy with white hairs. Leaves appear above ground in spring before the flowers. The flowers are like bright yellow stars rising through the centre. Flowers from very early spring to late summer (August to April). Plant in full sun in well-drained, compost rich soil. A very important medicinal plant.
The African potato was common until recently in the grassland of the eastern summer rainfall region.
Interplant with grasses to create a natural feel.