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Hypericum prolificum

Shrubby St. John's-wort

Clusiaceae (St. John's-Wort Family)

Hypericum prolificum (Shrubby st. john's-wort)
Cressler, Alan
Shrubby St. Johnís-wort is a very small, mound-shaped, deciduous shrub, to 3 ft. tall, with dense, upright branching and exfoliating, red to purple bark. Smooth, dark- to blue-green, fine-textured foliage becomes yellow-green in fall. Large, yellow flowers occur singly or in few-flowered clusters. A dry, dehiscent, three-valved capsule persists all winter.

This shrub adapts to a variety of moisture regimes and is even flood tolerant. It has no serious disease or insect problems. This species is pH adaptable but does extremely well in calcareous sites.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf: Green
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AL , AR , CT , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , IA , KY , LA , ME , MD , MA , MI , MN , MS , MO , NJ , NY , NC , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VT , VA , WV , WI , DC
Canada: ON , QC
Native Distribution: NY to s. MI & IA, s. to GA, LA & OK
Native Habitat: Sandy, open woods; meadows; seepage slopes

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Dry
Soil pH: Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2)
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils.


Use Wildlife: Intermediate.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Last Update: 2014-08-20