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Hypericum crux-andreae / St.Peter's Wort (St. John's Wort Family)

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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