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Traditional uses and benefits of African Potato Hypoxis is efficacious in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia. It is effective in curbing ailments like hemorrhage, which leads to internal bleeding without any external trace. It is effective in taking care of conditions like Multiple sclerosis, which leads to physical illness or insanity due to impairment of the nerve cells of both brain and spinal cord. It is also helpful in combating delirium which results in extreme confusion, due to immediate changes in functionality of the brain. It is beneficial for treating fever, headache, migraines and dizziness also familiar as light headedness.

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These extracts are said to be rich in phytosterols and sterolins, as well as rooperol, which is used in the treatment of benign prostate hypertrophy and shows antimutagenic and cancer cell cytotoxicity. Extracts also show numerous anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antidiabetic, anti-convulsant and anti-cancer activities.

However, despite these miraculous benefits, adequate research into all of its pharmacological applications has not been extensively carried out, and further studies are warranted. In western medicine, this plant has recently become increasingly popular as a commercial source of extracts used in preparations to treat prostate problems and in general immune-boosting and strengthening tonics.

Decoctions of the corm are used mainly as emetics in traditional medicine to treat bladder and urinary tract infections, dizziness, delirium, anxiety, rheumatoid arthritis, abdominal pain, vomiting, fever, lung diseases, psoriasis and allergy symptoms. The rootstock has also been used as a purgative and to expel internal parasites. These plants received the wrong kind of fame in recent years due to their said mythical healing abilities and are as such shrouded in controversy today. Nevertheless, researchers have found that many of the bioactive compounds contained within the African potato help increases the functioning of T-cells, which control and regulate the immune system, thereby helping to bring balance to it.

Practical The leaves are typically made into a strong and lasting rope and are also said to produce a black dye. The underground corm also yields a dark, almost black dye. These dyes were traditionally used to blacken floors. Warnings Raw parts of these bulbs contain toxic substances, and care should be taken when using them. Due to over-exploitation in the wild, their plants are now threatened in their natural habitats.

Wildlife The flowers are magnet for bees, butterflies and other insect life. Insectivorous birds might pay them a visit due to the multitude of insect life they entice. Advantages This hardy, non-fussy plant is an asset to any garden, big or small, and will also do well in large parks.

It is the perfect addition for water-wise gardens and is very easy to cultivate, requiring little to no extra maintenance. Tolerates confined spaces and will do very well as a pot plant. Tolerance These bulbs are resistant to periods of seasonal drought, as they have the ability to store extra moisture in their underground bulbs. In winter, they require no water as they die back almost completely. They are frost resistant and can repair damage caused by excessively cold conditions such as leaf die back quite well.

They will also be dormant during the coldest parts of winter. The heavily fibrous corms protect these geophytes from fires, which occur frequently in their natural grassland habitats, and actually aids germination of the hard seeds. A generally hardy garden subject.

Growth Rate A rather slow growing bulbous perennial that dies back almost completely during winter. They will tolerate rocky terrains, sandy, dry and damp soils, even somewhat clayish soils, and will benefit from an added liquid fertiliser in spring around the roots.

During the active growing months, they prefer to be given water at regular intervals, but as they are dormant in winter, little to no water needs to be given at this time. They benefit from an added layer of mulch and some added compost a few times a year. Propagation It not easily grown from seed, but more often from divisions of the tuber, or from dormant tubers that are replanted into the soil.

They can apparently last for many months out of the ground. The seeds have a long dormancy period, and even when planted, have a fairly low and uneven germination rate, even after the removal of the hard seed coat. The intact but leafless corms can be put straight into a well-drained medium of compost and river sand, and watered regularly until sprouts emerge, usually after a week or two.

Alternatively, the basal part of the tuber just before the roots can be removed, and once new, tiny clone corms have developed from this, they can successfully be replanted. Keep the soil moist but do not let it become waterlogged.

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Hypoxis hemerocallidea

Hypoxis hemerocallidea Fisch. Family: Hypoxidaceae Common names: star flower, yellow star Eng. Wrongly called African potato. It is a beautiful tuberous perennial, synonymous with the grasslands, where its yellow star-like flowers herald the arrival of spring and summer rains.

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Facts and benefits of African Potato

These extracts are said to be rich in phytosterols and sterolins, as well as rooperol, which is used in the treatment of benign prostate hypertrophy and shows antimutagenic and cancer cell cytotoxicity. Extracts also show numerous anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antidiabetic, anti-convulsant and anti-cancer activities. However, despite these miraculous benefits, adequate research into all of its pharmacological applications has not been extensively carried out, and further studies are warranted. In western medicine, this plant has recently become increasingly popular as a commercial source of extracts used in preparations to treat prostate problems and in general immune-boosting and strengthening tonics. Decoctions of the corm are used mainly as emetics in traditional medicine to treat bladder and urinary tract infections, dizziness, delirium, anxiety, rheumatoid arthritis, abdominal pain, vomiting, fever, lung diseases, psoriasis and allergy symptoms. The rootstock has also been used as a purgative and to expel internal parasites.

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Spring to Summer Plants will seldom bloom for the entire season as given in the list, but should flower during a period within these parameters. Colour yellow Growth Rate Slow Specifying growth rate can be very misleading as there is considerable variation of growth rate depending on type and species of plant, available water, supplementary feeding, mulching and general care, as well as the plants suitability and adaptability to the garden environment. Plant Uses Attracts bees, butterflies or other insects This plant attracts insects which can be food for birds or other creatures in your garden. Border A strip of ground, at the edge of a driveway or path in which ornamental plants or shrubs are planted. Container Trees, shrubs and ornamental species that can adapt to growing in a restricted environment. Edging A low growing plant that provides softness or definition to the edges of a bed or walkway.

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