* Flowers bright yellow, with 5 petals. Petals narrow, bluntly diamond-shaped,
with black dots along the margins, 1". Bushy stamens.
* Leaves narrow, elliptic, with translucent dots.
* Height: 1-2 1/2'.
* Flowers from mid-June, around the summer solstice, to September.
* Habitat: Roadsides, meadows, waste places.
* Range: Throughout the United States.
* Introduced from Europe.
* Since the brilliant yellow, sun-like flowers bloom near the summer
solstice, ancient people naturally associated St. Johnswort with the
sun. It is believed that the genus name Hypericum comes from
the god Hyperion, father of Helios, the sun god.
* In early Christian times, the traditional solstice festival
was changed to celebrate St. John the Baptist, whose birthdate
was believed to be in the middle of June.
* "The leaves laid upon broken shins and scabbed legs heal them,
and many other hurts and griefes, whereof it took his name Tout-saine,
or Tutsane, of healing all things."
-John Gerard, 1633