Photographer: Emmet J. Judziewicz
Hypericum prolificum L.
shrubby St. John's-wort
Hypericum: ancient Greek name derived from hyper, "above," and eikon, "picture," from old practice of placing flowers above an image in the house to ward off evil spirits at the midsummer festival of Walpurgisnacht, which later became feast of St. John
prolificum: proles for "offspring, descendants;" fer for "to bear, carry, bring"
|Status: ||Special Concern|
|Plant: ||perennial, to 7' tall shrub, with many branches; stems with 2 sharp edges|
|Flower: ||yellow, 5-parted, 1/2" -3/4" wide; inflorescence of 3-7 stalked flowers in a branched cluster (cyme); blooms July-Sept.|
|Fruit:||capsule, 3-4 separated chambers |
|Habitat: ||woods, cliffs, swamps|