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: perennial, to 7' tall shrub, with many branches; stems with 2 sharp edges
Flowers: yellow, 5-parted, 1/2" -3/4" wide; inflorescence of 3-7 stalked flowers in a branched cluster (cyme); blooms July-Sept.
Fruits: capsule, 3-4 separated chambers
Habitat: woods, cliffs, swamps
Conservation Status: Special Concern
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 5, Wetland Indicator = FACU WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos University of Wisconsin - Green Bay: Shrubs: Photos, descriptions, information Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key.