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Hairy St. John's Wort

Hypericum hirsutum

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Malpighiales
Family:
Hypericaceae (St. John's Wort)
Type:
Flower
Maximum Size:
1 metre tall
Habitats:
Grassland, riverbanks, roadsides, scrub, woodland.

Flower:
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Yellow, 5 petals
 
Pale yellow flowers with black dots on the edge of the sepals. Sometimes red-veined. Approximately 2cm in diameter.
Fruit:
A 3-parted capsule.
Leaves:
The only common British species of St. John's Wort that has downy leaves and stems. The stems are round with no ridges. On close inspection, translucent dots are present on the leaves. The leaves are yellowish green and without black dots around the edges (as is present with some species of St. John's Wort).
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  
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