Hypericum – St. John’s Wort, Aaron’s Beard, Gold Flower
Literally speaking, these flowers either seem to be made of gold or to be holding the golden rays of sunlight within their small petaled cups. Real, genuine pleasure is derived by growing this plant. The St. John’s Wort (Hypericum Moserianum) has large, deep, glistening, golden yellow blossoms, greatly resembling a single Rose, filled with numerous yellow stamens and red anthers: These flowers are borne very freely at the ends of long, graceful, reddish branches which are covered with oval, shining, smooth, deep green leaves. This plant grows from 1 1/2 feet to 2 feet tall and the slender, spreading branches droop at the ends. The flowers are in bloom from August through October. Aaron’s Beard (H. calycinum) is a lower growing plant with golden yellow flowers:
Where to plant St. John’s Wort
The Hypericums are especially good to use as borders for shrubs or the perennial .beds of flowers, or to use in rock gardens. The plants are neat growing for pot culture. The flowers are employed in decorations.
General planting information
The plants do best in a light, warm, sandy soil. The flowers last longer if they are shaded slightly. All of the Hypericums are shrubby in nature, the woody growth and some of the leaves remaining on during the Winter months. New growth starts from the base of the plant.
They are propagated from seeds, cuttings or division of the roots.
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