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Common Name: ST. JOHN'S WORT
Scientific Name: Hypericum perforatum
Alternative Names: Perforate St. John's Wort

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Hypericum perforatum
Hypericum perforatum


  • Perennial
  • St. John's Wort is native to Europe and W Asia.
  • It is an upright clump-forming perennial with small, gland-dotted leaves.
  • The oil glands are visible as translucent dots.
  • Bright yellow, gland-dotted flowers appear in summer.
  • It needs well-drained to dry soil in sun or partial shade.
  • Seeds can be sown in autumn.

Parts Used

  • Flowers and leaves

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Nature's prozac - nerve tonic
  • Treat mild depression, mood disturbances
  • Antiseptic - wounds, cuts, burns
  • Inflammation of stomach, intestines
  • Pain reliever and styptic (bloedstelpend)
  • Menopause, liver, gall bladder
  • Antiviral properties (Aids)
  • Hair and scalp tonic
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