Plant Information

Scientific Name: Hypoxis hemerocallidea
Alternative Names: Inkomfe (Zu)

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Hypoxis hemerocallidea
Hypoxis hemerocallidea
Hypoxis hemerocallidea
Hypoxis hemerocallidea


  • Perennial
  • Indigenous to South Africa.
  • Tuberous perennial with linear to broadly lance-shaped, slightly hairy leaves which are arranged one above the other to form 3 groups spreading outwards from the center of the plant.
  • The underground tuberous rootstock or corm, is hard, fleshy, mucilaginous and dark brown or black on the outside and yellow-orange inside when freshly cut.
  • Sliced corms, when exposed to the atmosphere, turn black with oxidation.
  • Bears bright yellow star-shaped flowers on long slender stalks.
  • The fruit is a capsule that splits across its diameter to expose the small black seeds.
  • Dies back in winter.
  • Full sun.

Parts Used

  • The tuberous rootstock or corm.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • African Potato is an immune stimulant containing sterols - increases the body's natural resistance to disease and is currently being used in South Africa in primary health care as an immune booster for patients with HIV/AIDS.
  • Helps to cope with a strenuous life style and has anti-cancer properties.
  • Was widely used in Mozambique during the Civil War (1976-1992) by both soldiers and civilians who lost blood through injuries.
  • Infusions of the corm is said to quickly replace lost blood.
  • Treat conditions including diabetes, hemorrhage and prostate problems.
  • Used as emetics to treat dizziness, bladder disorders and insanity.
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