Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    St.Peter's Wort (Hypericum crux-andreae)
    St. John's Wort Family
    This is technically a shrub, properly called a “sub-shrub”. It’s short, airy stature makes it seem more like a wildflower, but it has a woody stem. Butter yellow, ~1” flowers appear at the end of stems and have 4 petals instead of the classic 5 seen in most St.Johns-wort. Foliage is a lovely, pale blue-green and adds nice texture and color to a planting. It prefers to have some shade and moist soils. Naturally found in sandy soils, wet meadows, and pine savannas, this plant will not tolerate too much drought. Plant with moisture loving sedges, Celandine Poppy, Goatsbeard,Blue eyed Grass, or Zigzag Goldenrod.
    Blooms: Yellow, 3-4 weeks, August-Sept
    Leaves: Blue-green, oval leaves oppositely arranged up the stem
    Height: 1-3’
    Space: 1-3’
    Soil: Moist, sandy
    Exposure:  Part sun-Part shade
    Fauna: Bees, flies, small butterflies, butterfly host plant
    Seeds:  Flat, brown, clam shell like capsules hold dozens of tiny seeds

    Deer Resistance: High
    Zone: 6-10?
    Native Status: NC native, common in the Sandhills, uncommon in the Piedmont, rare in the Mountains
    Provenance: NC, seed grown