Hypericum prolificum L.
Family: Hypericaceae
shrubby St. John's-wort
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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
Leaves: short-stalked leaf drawing
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 fruit drawing
Habitat: woods, cliffs, swamps
Conservation Status: Special Concern