Written by Don Richardson 

St. John’s Wort (Hypericum Tenuifolium)
Plant Type
Perennial Shrub
1-2’ tall, 1-2’ wide
Sun Exposure
Full sun - part shade
Soil Type
Sand, loamy, heavy clay
Soil pH
4.5 – 8.5
Bloom Time
Most all year long
Hardiness Zones
7a-10a (USDA)
Medium, Moist, Wet
14°F – Is drought tolerant 
Needs a pollinator
Edible Plant
In tea
Medicinal Plant
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The Hypericum tenuifolium plant also known as St. John’s Wort is a low-growing ornamental herbaceous perennial that provides color and texture in any garden or landscape. Native to the Eastern United States, it's easy to see why this plant is a popular choice for gardeners and landscapers alike. In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at what makes this plant so special.
What Does it Look Like? 
The Hypericum tenuifolium plant typically grows up to 1 foot tall and spreads up to 2 feet wide. It has glossy green foliage with small, bright yellow flowers that bloom from late spring to summer. These flowers are often fragrant, making them an attractive addition to gardens and landscapes. The foliage of this plant also turns shades of orange and red in the fall, adding another layer of interest when other plants begin to fade away.
Benefits of Growing This Plant 
There are many benefits associated with growing the Hypericum tenuifolium plant in your garden or landscape. For starters, it's a low-maintenance plant that requires very little care once established. As long as you provide it with adequate sunlight and water it regularly during the growing season, this hardy little beauty will thrive in almost any setting! Additionally, its vibrant colors bring life and energy into your outdoor space while attracting pollinating insects like bees and butterflies.
Lastly, the furry leaves of this plant make it resistant to deer browsing—so if you're looking for something that won't be eaten by local wildlife then this could be a great option for you! Plus, its compact size makes it perfect for smaller spaces or containers where larger plants may not fit.
 If you're looking for a low-maintenance yet beautiful addition to your garden or landscape then consider planting the Hypericum tenuifolium! This hardy herbaceous perennial offers glossy green foliage with fragrant yellow blooms throughout spring and summer as well as vibrant shades of orange and red in the fall. Not only is it relatively easy to care for but its sturdy leaves also make it resistant to deer browsing so you can enjoy having it around without worrying about animals eating it away! With all these features combined, there's no reason not to add this stunning specimen into your outdoor space today!


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