Hypericum hypericoides
(St. Andrew's Cross)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: St. Andrew's Cross
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: (5?)6 - 10
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: July - September
    Status: Native

Hypericum hypericoides, or St. Andrew's Cross, is native to southeastern US. It is a hardy perennial, which grows into a small shrub, and grows in dry, acidic areas of open woods, and woodland edges. It blooms in mid summer with medium sized yellow flowers.

There are over seventy species of Hypericum in the US, most are native, and many look very similar to each other. However, this species has a couple of things that set it apart. One, it has very stubby, short oval leaves. Two it has very woody stems and usually forms a small shrub. Third, its petals are arranged in fours, instead of five like most of the species in this group. More information will be posted at a later time with a chart for this species group.

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