Hypoxis hirsuta is a perennial monocotyledon herb from a corm, about 2 cm wide.
Leaves all basal, grass-like, to 60 long, 0.2-1 cm wide, finely hairy; flowering stems very slender to 40 cm tall.
Flowers yellow, star-shaped to 2 cm wide; inflorescence of 2-6 flowers at top of stem; blooms May-July.
Fruit dry, pod to 0.6 cm, with several shiny, blue back seeds.
Wetland status: FAC.
Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent.
Habitat: Open, dry to moist, undisturbed woods; soil pH 5.2-7.3. Somewhat tolerant of shade, intolerant of salt (USDA, NRCS 2006). Apparently intolerant of flooding (Gargiullo, personal observation).