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Hypericum perforatum

Perforate St John's wort

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Features

  • BloomsJune to September
  • Height0.3m to 0.6m
  • Spread0.4m to 0.65m
  • Growth HabitTufted
  • Flower ColourYellow, petal-edge dotted with black
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Hypericum perforatum (Perforate St John's wort). An upright plant found on grassland. This plant is often found in the wild in Northern Europe.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

Europe, W.Asia

Interest and use

Found in grassland. Medicinal use.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Well drained, 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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