Hypericum perforatum - Banner
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Location: Searcy County, Arkansas
Month of Photograph: May through August
Distribution Map: Hypericum perforatum - Distribution Map Spacer
USDA, NRCS. 2012. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 16 January 2012). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA. Spacer Guests can be assured that there is established evidence that this plant has been found in all of the green filled counties of Arkansas. However, the white filled counties should not be interpreted as counties in which this plant does not grow. They should instead be interpreted as counties which lack officially sanction evidence of the plants presence there.

Family: Hypericaceae

Flower, frontal view

Hypericum perforatum - Flower Frontal View "
Not all images on this page were photographed on the same day or at the same location. The precise location and date that specific photographs were taken can be obtained by email.
Hypericum perforatum - Flower Frontal View Flower, frontal view
Discriminating between the fifteen or so Arkansas species of St Johnswort has been difficult for me. However the description below by Dr. John Hilty has helped a great deal in identifying this plant.

"The easiest way to distinguish Spotted St. John's Wort from other similar species involves an examination of the flower petals. Dark dots and streaks can appear anywhere on the upper surface of the yellow petals, whereas for other species of St. John's Wort such dots and streaks are confined near the margins of the petals, or they are completely absent."

Hilty, J. Editor. 2012. “Comments- Hypericum punctatum.” at Illinois Wildflowers. Accessed 25 September 2012, available from Encyclopedia of Life, http://www.eol.org/data_objects/20609411.


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I have created a table of images for six Hypericum species to help me learn to discriminate between them. If you would like, you may down load the Table for your own use. However, the file is quite large (5.5 Mb).

Hypericum Table

Hypericum perforatum - Flower Frontal View Flower, frontal view
Hypericum perforatum - Flower Lateral ViewFlower, lateral view
Hypericum perforatum - Whole Plant Whole PlantZoom Button
Hypericum perforatum - Upper PlantUpper Plant
Flower, close
Hypericum perforatum - Flower Close

Flower Petal, close (Note: fringe along the petals edge at the point of the black glandular dot.)
Hypericum perforatum - Flower Petal Close