A Dye, a Liniment, a Beautiful Flowering Plant!
Crush the flowers to create a dye so bright it seems fluorescent!
Item Form: (P)Pkt of 100 seeds
Zone: 4 – 8
Bloom Start To End: Early Summer – Late Summer
Days to Maturity: 75
Seeds Per Pack: 100
Plant Height: 24 in
Plant Width: 18 in
Bloom Size: .75 in
Additional Characteristics: Bloom First Year,Edible,Flower,Herbs
Bloom Color: Yellow
Foliage Color: Dark Green
Harvest Season: Early Summer,Mid Summer
Light Requirements: Part Shade
Moisture Requirements: Moist, well-drained
Resistance: Disease Resistant,Drought Tolerant,Heat Tolerant,Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance: Normal, loamy
Uses: Border,Ground Cover,Ornamental,Outdoor,Wildflowers
*Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
(P)?Pkt of 100 seeds
75 days from transplanting.
Ancient times brought fame to the St. Johnswort plants because of the discovery of a fluorescent red pigment, named hypericin, that oozes from the crushed flowers. Today, this herb has become well-known as a treatment for many ailments, from sore joints to moodiness. We do not advocate it medicinally, of course, but we find that even if you begin growing St. Johnswort for homeopathic purposes, you may just find yourself falling in love with its ornamental beauty, too!
This shrubby perennial (often grown as an annual because it is relatively short-lived) grows upright to 2 feet tall and about 1? feet wide, with woody reddish-brown stems. The tiny oval green leaves dot the stems at ?- to 1-inch intervals. Bright yellow blooms, about ?-inch wide and 5-petaled, appear in summer. St. Johnswort is often grown as a groundcover or a foreground planting in the annual bed and perennial border as well as the herb garden. It thrives in full sun in cooler, short-summer cliamtes and in partial shade farther south and west.
St. Johnswort seed is easy to germinate, but it is not quick, and the sprouting time varies greatly. Start seeds indoors about 10 weeks before the last scheduled spring frost, at a temperature of 50 to 55 degrees F (a chilly garage or basement works well); they should sprout within a month, but may take a bit longer. Once the seedlings are up, they can be transplanted as soon as they have at lesat two sets of true leaves. If you are growing them for harvest, take the top few inches off the plant when it begins to bud in early to midsummer. Pkt is 100 seeds.