JOHN’S WORT

Members of this genus are also known as Aaron’s Beard and Rose of Sharon. This free-growing shrub is useful for covering banks and even as hedge-division, where its brightness of leaf as of flower gives a touch of originality. Hypericum calycinum makes an effective ground cover in dry, shady places. It is evergreen and the large golden-yellow flowers continue all summer. Apt to become a weed unless kept in check. The best hypericum is Rowallan Hybrid with 2 ½ 2 in. wide yellow flowers on a plant up to 8 ft. tall. It requires a sheltered position.

Any ordinary soil suits most species if well-drained. Take cuttings in August, in frame in sandy soil.

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