St John’s Wort
Perforate St John's Wort, Cammock, Common St John's Wort, Devil Chaser, Devil's Flight, Devil's Scourge, God's Wonder Plant, Herb John, Human Blood, Klamath Weed, Penny John, Rosin Rose, St Columba's Flower, St. John's Wort, Tiptonweed, Goatweed, Racecourseweed
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A flowering plant and a medicinal herb. A traditional flowering plant that is harvested on St John's Day, 24th June. The genus name 'Hypericum' is derived from the Greek words 'hyper' and 'eikon', in reference to the tradition of hanging plants over religious icons in the home during St John's Day, to ward off evil.
Not usually harvested, unless for medicine. Pick as needed.
Plant seeds in potting soil covered in a light layer of soil. Mist your seeds lightly and be careful not to over-water.
Carefully take divisions when plant is mature with full developed rhizome roots.
Take softwood cuttings during growing season.
Attracts useful insects
Bumblebees, Syrphid flies and beetles may feed on the pollen although they are less effective at pollination. Wasps and butterflies seeking for nectar which the flowers don't produce.
Europe and Asia
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Medicinal herb with antidepressant activity and anti-inflammatory properties as an arachidonate 5-lipoxygenase inhibitor and COX-1 inhibitor.
Often grown as a garden specimen in borders.