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Hypericum bellum

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Features

  • BloomsJune to October
  • Height0.6m to 1m
  • Spread0.65m to 1.2m
  • Growth HabitArching bushy
  • Flower ColourPale yellow
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Hypericum bellum. This species of deciduous shrub has a bushy habit; the leaves are oblong to lance-shaped and medium green. The flowers are borne in the summer with cymes of cup-shaped pale to deep yellow blooms.

Characteristics

Perennial or Biennial, Semi-evergreen, Shrub

Origin

China and India

Interest and use

Grown for their conspicuous, yellow flowers with prominent stamens. This shrub is very attractive to bees.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH5.5 to 8.5
  • WaterSemi-moist

Propagation

By softwood cuttings in summer sub-shrubs and shrubs or by seed in autumn, cultivators by softwood cuttings only in summer; perennials may be propagated by seed or division in autumn or spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

H.inodorum 'Elstead' is susceptible to rust, which produces orange spots on leaves, and H.'Hidcote' is prone to a virus that makes leaves narrow and variegated.

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