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Hypoxis hygrometrica - Labill.

Common Name Golden Weather Glass
Family Hypoxidaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards Plant contains calcium oxalate crystals and can cause mild irritation to the throat if eaten[144]. Thorough cooking destroys the toxin. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones and hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet[238].
Habitats Moist positions in grassland and heath[144].
Range Australia - New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (1 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care (info)
Half Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Hypoxis hygrometrica Golden Weather Glass


Hypoxis hygrometrica Golden Weather Glass

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Hypoxis hygrometrica is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 0.1 m (0ft 4in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 9. It is in flower from May to July, and the seeds ripen from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds; East Wall. By. West Wall. By.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root
Edible Uses:

Tuber - raw or cooked[144]. A starchy and earthy taste, with an irritant aftertaste[193]. It is probably inadvisable to eat the root raw due to the presence of calcium oxalate crystals, though it should be all right cooked.

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Weather forecasting

Seeds are hygrometric and can be used in amateur weather forecasting.

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Requires a light freely draining soil in full sun or light shade[200]. Dislikes root disturbance, plants should be placed in their permanent positions as soon as possible[200]. Plants are hardy to about -5°c, succeeding outdoors only in the mildest parts of Britain[200].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division of off-sets in spring or early autumn.

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Hypoxis pratensisGolden Weather GlassCorm0.4 -  LMHSNM00 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Labill.

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