Jul. 11, 2017

Aaron's-beard, Hypericum calycinum

Aaron's-beard is a very showy St. John's-wort. That explains why I'm so quick to include plants like this as wildflowers. You won't often see this outside a garden, but I just can't pass them by without taking their image with me. Aaron's-beard has the same medicinal properties as common St. John's-wort. But it is cultivated principally for its showy, two-inch flowers. It's a shrub up to about a yard tall. In Europe it is called rose-of-Sharon, but of course here that's a different shrub. This species now grows in CA, OR, TN, and WA. Beal Gardens, MSU, 7/1/17.