Hypericum gentianoides (L.) Britton, Sterns & Poggenb.
Clusiaceae (Mangosteen Family)
Synonym(s): Sarothra gentianoides
USDA Symbol: HYGE
Small, yellow, nearly sessile flowers on wiry, ascending branches of a bushy plant.
With its tiny flowers and scaly leaves on erect, wiry branches, this annual is unlike most St.-Johns-worts. It is typical of sterile, bare, open sites, where its flowers open only in the sun. Its capsules are usually red. The similar Nits-and-lice (H. drummondii) has fewer branches, a broad oval capsule, and larger leaves 1/2-1 (1.5-2.5 cm) long; it occurs from Maryland south to Florida, west to Texas, and north to Iowa, southern Illinois, and West Virginia.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV
Native Distribution: Ontario; Nova Scotia and Maine south to Florida, west to Texas, and north to Missouri and Minnesota.
Native Habitat: Open, sandy or rocky areas.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Crosby Arboretum - Picayune, MS
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Hypericum gentianoides in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Hypericum gentianoides in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Hypericum gentianoides
MetadataRecord Modified: 2014-09-12
Research By: TWC Staff