What is Rhodohypoxis?
Rhodohypoxis (Rhodohypoxis spp.) also known as Red Star and Rosy Posy is a small, clump-forming, bulbous perennial. They are part of the Amaryllidaceae family and is native to South Africa. During late Spring through Summer Rhodohypoxis will send up a single star shaped flower of white, pink, red or purple that sits just above the foliage. The flowers are star-shaped and have six petals; the three smaller ones are arranged on top of the three larger ones. The foliage is small tufts of slightly hairy bright green grass like leaves. The bulbs go dormant over Winter.
Benefits of Growing Rhodohypoxis
Rhodohypoxis are ideal for mass plantings in the garden or in pots. If left undisturbed they will form clumps that will fill out with time.
How to Grow Rhodohypoxis
Cold to Arid.
Height: 10cm, Width: 30cm
When To Plant Rhodohypoxis
Plant in Autumn.
They prefer well drained, humus rich soil that retains moisture. They do not like to be waterlogged. Mix through compost or broken down animal manure before planting.
How To Plant Rhodohypoxis
Plant in full sun, 5-8cm apart with the bulb 4cm below the soil surface.
Rhodohypoxis Plant Care
They prefer to be left undisturbed. Water two to three times a week in Summer but beware of root rot during Winter dormant period.
Some growers store their bulbs dry over Winter as in their natural climate they experience dry Winters and wet Summers. If the bulbs have good drainage they are fine in the ground.
Deadhead spent blooms to prolong flowering.
Mulch to retain moisture during the warmer months.