Hypericum- St John’s Wort

Of this genus the deciduous shrubs are the most important; we shall mention three.

Situation:

In the shrub border, as ground-cover.

Soil:

Well-drained soil, rich in humus.

Propagation:

From summer or winter cuttings or from runners.

Hypericum androsaemum: Height 1 m; golden-yellow flowers from mid summer to early autumn followed by red, later black, berries. Must be cut down drastically in spring.

Hypericum calycinum: Height 30 cm, golden-yellow flowers, 5 cm across, from mid summer to mid autumn. In mild winters it is evergreen. Excellent ground cover. Hypericum hookeranum: Height 1 m; large, golden-yellow flowers from mid summer to mid autumn. ‘Hid-cote’, which has larger flowers and blue-green foliage, is particularly beautiful.

Hypericum X persistens: Height to 1 m; yellow flowers from mid summer to early autumn; flattened twigs, elongated oval leaves, 3-8 cm long. ‘Elatum’, 80 cm, black berries; ‘Elstead’, 50 cm, the berries are initially red.

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