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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.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
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).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 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: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

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.

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Weather forecasting.

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

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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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.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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