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Hypericum hypericoides ssp. hypericoides (L.) Crantz
St. Andrew's cross
Synonyms: Ascyrum hypericoides
USDA Symbol: hyhyh
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Pairs of small, oval leaves lines the sparse, ascending to spreading branches of this 1-3 ft. shrubby plant. Showy, yellow, flowers with numerous stamens top the branches either singly or in branched clusters from the upper axils. The four petals of each flower are arranged in a cross.
Three well-defined subspecies of Hypericum hypericoides occur in the eastern U.S.: ssp. hypericoides, ssp. multicaule, and ssp. oblongifolium.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
AL , AR , DE , FL , GA , IL , KY , LA , MD , MO , MS , NC , NJ , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA Native Distribution:
FL to e. TX, n. to Nantucket I., PA, s. IN & s.e. KS Native Habitat:
Dry woods; pine barrens; sand hills & ridges; floodplains USDA Native Status: L48(N), PR(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Light, sandy or rocky soils
Conditions Comments: Three well-defined varieties occur in the eastern U.S.: var. hypericoides – FL to TX & Mex., n. to VA & TN; var. multicaule – GA to e. TX, n. to MA, s. IN & s.e. MO; and var. oblongifolium – FL to MS, n. to MD & s.e. MO
PropagationDescription: Root division in winter; seeds sown in spring after a winter of cold, moist storage
Seed Collection: Collect seeds when the capsules are no longer green but before they split open.
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
- Anderson, SC
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 1086
Collected Oct 4, 1996 in Bexar County by Robert N. Nelson
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Record Modified: 2011-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff