The more than 400 species of Hypericum are annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees that are found world-wide in a myriad of habitats. They may be decidous, semi-evergreen, or evergreen.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsVarious species have attractive autumn color and showy fruit. There is a species for nearly every growing climate and landscape situation.
CareMoist but well-drained soil of moderate fertility. Sun and pruning requirements vary by species.
PropagationFor perennials, root softwood cuttings in late spring or divide in spring or fall. For shrubs, root greenwood or semi-ripe cuttings in summer. Sow seed in containers in a cold frame in fall.
ProblemsThrips, scale, anthracnose, rust, leaf spots.