Etymology: Hypoxis: ancient Greek for some plants with sour leaves, later transferred to this genus by Linnaeus, Latin means "somewhat acid"
Plants: erect, perennial, 4"-12" tall forb
Leaves: basal, grass-like, with spreading hairs, taller than the flowering stalk when mature
Flowers: yellow, 6-parted, 5/8" wide, star shape, stalked; inflorescence with 2-6 flowers in an irregular, long-stalked cluster (umbel); blooms April-July
Fruits: elliptical capsule
Habitat: dry; open woods, prairies
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 8, Wetland Indicator = FAC Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key