Ozarks Spring Wildflowers: Common Goldstar

Picture of Common Golden Star, Hypoxis hirsuta, a yellow wildflower which grows on glades in the Missouri Ozarks.

The buds of Common Golden Star are hairy.

What a pretty little yellow flower! It’s called Common Goldstar and the scientific name is Hypoxis hirsuta. “Hirsuta” means hairy and you can see little hairs on the buds of this specimen. According to Missouri Plants, the amount of hair on the plant can be quite variable. I didn’t see a lot of these, but reference suggest it is quite common and can even invade lawns. The flowers are about an inch across and the leaves are grass-like.

Picture of Common Goldstar, a spring wildflower seen while hiking in the Missouri Ozarks.

Common Goldstar (Hypoxis hirsuta), I found this on a glade near Taum Sauk Mountain.

Glade area with several Common Golden Star, Hypoxis hirsuta as seen in Piney Creek Wilderness

In sunny, well drained areas you can see a sprinkling of Common Golden Star. I've seen these in Piney Creek Wilderness and in Busiek State Forest.

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