St. John’s Wort

Posted by on May 26, 2009 at 6:40 pm.
St. Johns Wort

St. John's Wort

St. John’s Wort (Hypericum) is famous for it’s pharmaceutical properties and it’s uses as an herbal treatment for depression.  There are over 300 species of  Hypericum and I have no clue which one this is.  I think it’s a gorgeous plant, though.  It makes a mounding evergreen shrub about 3 feet tall and it will be loaded with pretty yellow flowers all summer long and the leaves will turn sort of red in the fall and winter.  Even though it is an evergreen in my yard, it is considered a perennial herb.

St. John’s Wort is very easy to grow and I have had great success in starting cuttings from it.  Mine gets part shade, but it can take full sun also.

St. John’s Wort was originally from Europe and it is considered a toxic and noxious weed in some areas.  It is not, however,

St. Johns Wort

St. John's Wort

listed as an invasive species for Texas and, in fact there are even three species of Hypericum that are listed as being native to Texas.  Mine does not appear to be one of the native ones – it appears to be Hypericum patulum henryi or “Golden Cup” St. John’s Wort.

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