Feb. 28, 2017

shrubby St. John's-wort, Hypericum prolificum

This is species prolificum not because it has so many offspring, but because it has so many flowers. A healthy bush will be densely covered with these fascinatingly fuzzy blooms. They are about 2/3 inch across. It makes quite a display. Hypericum is a very large and widespread genus. Common St. John's-wort, sometimes just called Hypericum, is well known in herbal medicine. It's medicinal (and toxic) properties are not shared by this species. Growing in dry thickets and borders in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ(E), NY(T), OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, and ON. Lenawee Co MI, 7/24/11