Hypericum “Hidcote”
Plant Abstract

Known as- St. John”s wort
Grow Zone - 5 to 9
Type- Deciduous shrub
Familial- Clusiaceae
Smith Scl. hardy? No
Geography- None
ht.- 2 to 4 ft.
Span- 2 to 4 ft.
Coloring- Golden yellow
Shade/Light- Full sun to part shade
Moisture- Medium dampure
Hi/Lo Maint- Low
Easily grown in average, moderate wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerates wide range of soils, including arid rocky or sandy soils. Often dies to the ground in cold winter climates. In USDA Zone 5, it may be best to cut plant to the ground each year in early spring. Blooms on new growth.
A compact, deciduous shrub that typically grows to 4” tall in warm winter climates, but grows closer to 1.5-2” tall in colder climates where it usually is cut or naturally dies to the ground in winter. Features rose-like, 5-petaled, waxy, cupped, golden yellow flowers (3’ diameter) with numerous, prominent, dark yellow center stamens. Flowers of this popular hybrid are unusually large, slightly fragrant and bloom throughout the summer. Dark green, lance-shaped leaves are 2-3’ long. Reddish, twiggy stems. RHS Award of Garden Merit. Plants of the genus Hypericum (some species have been used since ancient times in the treatment of wounds and inflammations) were apparently gathered and burned to ward off evil spirits on the eve of St. John”s Day, thus giving rise to the genus common name of St. John”s wort.
Root rot and wilt can be significant problems in hot and humid climates.
Common Applications-
Borders, edger or informal hedge. Can be quite effective massed as a ground cover.

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