Jul. 12, 2017

sweet-amber, Hypericum androsaemum

Sweet-amber is also called tutsan, derived from the French for all healthy. It has been often used to treat wounds and stomach ailments. Thomas Culpepper, in 1653, says it "Purgeth choleric humors". Now it has become a serious invasive weed in Australasia. Here, it grows in CA, ON, WA, and BC. The fruit, unlike most Hypericum, is a berry, which is poisonous. Beal Gardens, MSU, 7/1/17.