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Traditional Medicinal Uses of Hypoxis hemerocallidea
Administered to people only: Corm infusions are administered as emetics for dizziness and mental disorders. Hot aqueous extracts of fresh and dried corms have been used to treat symptoms of benign prostate hypertrophy. Ground corm decoctions, administered orally or as enemas, are used in Transkei for patients who cannot speak, possibly as a result of shock. Plant decoctions are given to weakly children by the Tswana and Kwena. Juice from the rootstock is applied to burns. Corms are traditionally used for headaches in Lesotho. (Hutchings et.al)
Edible: The corms are edible. (Fox and Norwood)
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. Interplant with grasses to create a natural feel. (Wildflower Nursery)
Arnold. T.H., Prentice, C.A., Hawker, L.C., Snyman, E.E., Tomalin, M., Crouch, N.R. and Pottas-Bircher, C. (2002). Medicinal and magical plants of southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 13. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.
Fox, F.W., Norwood Young, M.E. (1982). Food From The Veld. Edible Wild Plants of southern Africa. Delta Books, Craighall.
Hutchings, A., Scott, A.H., Lewis, G., Cunnigham, A.B., (1996). Zulu Medicinal Plants: an inventory. University of Natal
Wildflower Nursery – https://wildflowernursery.co.za/indigenous-plant-database/hypoxis-hemerocallidea/. Accessed on 2020/01/06