There is a charm in little things which is all out of proportion to their size and importance in the world. In contrast to the lush weediness of the horseweed which, grows fourteen feet tall in a good season and is un-admired, the little yellow star grass stands as; a perfect small plant which grows no taller than three inches or so, and is just as efficient in blooming and living as is the more tremendous horseweed.
Hypoxis hirsuta ( L. | Coville.
April - May Dry wooded hills.
The yellow star grass is an Amaryllis. From a small hairy conn rather deeply se1 in the heavy clay of an oak hillside, the tiny Amaryllis in April thrusts forth three to sis yellow-green, grass-like, hairy leaves and a few stalks with clusters of buds. Then when the rose-breasted grosbeaks are back and the orioles flash in the cherry trees beneath the sunshine of an April sky, the yellow star grass on a sunny morning opens its flowers. They are as brilliant as marsh marigolds, a- yellow a- buttercups, a- golden a- dandelions. They are perfect little lilies with -i\ oval petals and upstanding stamens, and they seldom last more than a day. The time of blooming of the yellow -tar grass i- brief hut bright. They star the slopes with sunshine. Then they are gone and the leaves and seed -talk- are inconspicuous in the heavy growth of summer. But inconspicuous or not. the leaves produce plant food which is stored in the conn, and then they quietly disappear and nothing more is seen of the yellow star grass until the following April.