Hypoxis hirsuta (Eastern Yellow Stargrass) - photos and description











General: Plants with grass-like leaves and bright yellow flowers.

Flowers: Flowers 1 to 3 at end of stems, have 3 petals and 3 sepals, we measured flowers from 13 mm to 20 mm diameter.

Leaves: Leaves are basal, have edges folded inward; the longest leaf we found measured at 22 cm long and 4 mm wide. Tops of leaves are sparsely hairy with long hairs, bottom of leaves are glabrous.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 20 cm, we measured plants to 18 cm tall.

Habitat: Moist grasslands.

Abundance: Very rare, ranked as an S2 (as of 2021) by the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: The above photos were taken June 6th in tall grass prairie in southern Manitoba about 1 hour south of Winnipeg, and June 19th moist grassland in open areas of aspen woods, about 200 km east of Regina, SK, and July 13th pasture in the parklands about 225 km east of our home in Regina, SK.