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Hypericum kalmianum L.
Kalm's St. Johnswort
USDA Symbol: hyka
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A low shrub with bright yellow flowers in small clusters at ends of 4-sided branches; bark papery, peeling when older.
The species and common names honor Peter Kalm, a student of Linnaeus, who discovered the plant in America around 1750. This is one of several shrubby St.-Johns-worts with yellow flowers and small axillary clusters of leaves. Many species of St.-Johns-wort are found throughout the South.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug
DC , IL , IN , MI , NY , OH , WI Canada: ON
, QC Native Distribution:
Ontario and Quebec south to New York, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Native Habitat:
Rocky or sandy soil. USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy loam
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff