Hypericum perforatum

Common Names: Saint John's-wort, perforate Saint John's wort, common Saint John's wort
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Hypericaceae family

A herbaceous perennial plant with extensive, creeping rhizomes. Its stems are erect, branched in the upper section, and can grow to 1 m high. It has opposite, stalkless, narrow, oblong leaves that are 1 to 2 cm long. The leaves are yellow-green in color, with scattered translucent dots of glandular tissue. The dots are conspicuous when held up to the light, giving the leaves the 'perforated' appearance to which the plant's Latin name refers. The flowers measure up to 2.5 cm across, have five petals, and are colored bright yellow with conspicuous black dots. The flowers appear in broad cymes at the ends of the upper branches. The sepals are pointed, with black glandular dots. There are many stamens, which are united at the base into three bundles.

Blooms between late spring and early to mid summer.

Primary Flower Color: Yellow
Secondary Flower Color: Yellow
Edible Notes: Saint John's wort has a long history of medicinal use, especially as an antidepressant.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.