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Hypericum perforatum

Millepertuis
St. John’s Wort

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

yellow

Flower size

18-22 mm

Flowering months

May,

June,

July

Leaf type

Linear,

Elliptic

Height

40-80 cm

Description

Hairless, branched perennial, straight stems with 2 raised edges. When the flowers are soaked in oil, the oil turns red.

Pastures, disturbed fields, open woodland.

Flowers

Flowers with numerous stamens. The petals are dotted with small black oil glands.

Leaves

Linear narrow blade leaf, like grass, Elliptic oval leaf. Linear to oval, opposite on the branches. The leaves held up to the light are covered in transparent dots, giving the leaves a ‘perforated’ appearance, hence the name H. perforatum.

Fruits Seeds

Capsule: small, numerous seeds.

Medical

Flowers: flowers steeped in oil for 3 weeks, used externally, reduces inflammation and promotes healing, very effective to treat sunburn. Dried flowers are used to treat mild depression.

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