Etymology: Hypericum: ancient Greek name derived from hyper, "above," and eikon, "picture," from old practice of placing flowers above an image in the house to ward off evil spirits at the midsummer festival of Walpurgisnacht, which later became feast of St. John
Plants: erect, annual, 4"-24" tall forb; many, thin, usually opposite stems
Leaves: close to stem, scale-like
Flowers: yellow-orange, 5-parted, 1/8" -1/4" wide, mostly stalkless; usually solitary from the leaf axils; blooms July-Oct.
Fruits: narrow, conical capsule
Habitat: dry; in rocky, sandy soil
Conservation Status: Native