(Hypericum spp.) St. John's Wort is a legendary medicinal perennial that is hardy from zones 4 to 8. The alluring flowers of this short-lived herbaceous perennial are stunning bursts of sunshine scattered across the summer meadow. Blooming as summer reaches its peak and continuing on through the beginning of fall, St. John's Wort is a welcome addition to any cottage garden or landscaping project. They're stunning in a rock garden! Start seeds indoors about 6 to 8 weeks before your last frost date. St. John's Wort seeds need light to germinate; simply sprinkle seeds onto the surface and be sure to keep them evenly moist until they sprout, in approximately 10 to 20 days. Ideal germination temperature is 60F. Space plants 18-24 inches apart. The plants prefer a partially shaded area and are not fussy about soil types, but St. John’s Wort does prefer moist, light soil. CAUTION: Hazardous to livestock.
(Hypericum punctatum) A famous plant in natural medicine and a native wildflower of the Midwest, Atlantic coast and into eastern Canada. This pollinator magnet is super easy to grow and is a beautiful perennial addition to the medicinal garden, as its flowers produce the highest amount of hypericin, the purple/red tinted juice that has holistic vitality and medicinal qualities. Be sure to take precautions and consult with a physician before growing and using your own medicinal plants.