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Perforate St John's wort Hypericum perforatum


Best time to see: Jul to mid Sep

Key facts

Tallish perennial with branching stalks of bright yellow five-petalled flowers, with black dots

Oval leaves have translucent dots which are tiny resin glands, giving the plant its foxy smell; stems have two wings

Found in rough grassland and scrubby areas and on woodland margins

Extras

This is the commonest of a number of similar St John's wort species, including hairy found in woods, and square-stalked in damp ground

Formally used in ceremonies to mark the murder of St John the Baptist

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Photo © Tony Gunton

Photo © Tony Gunton