Aug. 12, 2019

St. Peter's-cross, Hypericum crux-andreae

You will immediately notice that this Hypericum has four petals. Well, you should have! Species with four were segregated into a different genus, Ascyrum, until modern methods caught up to them. Now they're just the first key to identification of St. John's-worts. The Choctaw used decoctions of St. Peter's-wort to treat colic and sore eyes. This small shrub grows in AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, and VA. Polk Co FL, 3/18/16.