Shrubby St. John’s wort has a naturally mounded shape. The foliage is a deep, blue green that is attractive all season. The bright yellow flowers appear in summer and are generally pollinated by bumblebees. The flowers don’t produce nectar, the floral reward is pollen and bees collect it to feed their young. Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerates wide range of soils, including dry rocky or sandy soils.
The large, bright yellow summer flowers attract bumblebees
Attractive, exfoliating bark reveals orange wood
Drought tolerant once established
Easy to grow in a wide range of soil types and light
Naturally rounded habit, perfect for smaller urban gardens
Great planted in large groups, useful for bank stabilization
Found in a variety of habitats that range from the margins of swamps to cliffs and woods.
Hypericum is an ancient Greek name derived from hyper, "above," and eikon, "picture," from an old practice of placing flowers above an image in the house to ward off evil spirits at the midsummer festival that became known as the feast of St. John. That is how the plant became commonly known as St. John's wort.
May be pruned in early spring as it flowers on new wood. Grows on a wide variety of soils including those that are rock and dry.