St. John's Wort (Hypericum Perforatum) - Start St. John's Wort seeds to grow this short-lived perennial. St John's Wort plant is a short, woody shrub that grows about 24 inches tall and has fragrant yellow flowers from mid to late summer. Hypericum St John's Wort was apparently named after John the Baptist, and historically has been used to ward off evil spirits and witches. As an herb plant, the oil in the leaves have been used topically for wounds, sunburns, and general aches and pains. St John's Wort herb has also been used to treat mild depression and insomnia with some success. St. John's Wort ground cover is often used to cover areas along side walks and driveways.
USDA Zones: 4 - 8
Height: 24 inches
Bloom Season: Summer
Bloom Color: Yellow
Environment: Full sun to partial shade