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Hypericum androsaemum (Sweet Amber)

Sweet Amber, Tutsan, Balm of the Warrior's Wounds , Park Leaves, Androsaemum officinale


Compact and easy to grow, Hypericum androsaemum (Sweet Amber) is a small, bushy, deciduous shrub with upright, arching stems blanketed with oval, fresh green leaves, 4 in. long (10 cm). Clusters of showy, golden yellow flowers are on display from late spring to late summer. Each cup-shaped flower presents 5 petals surrounding a prominent tuft of golden stamens. They are followed by long-lasting, berry-like, red fruits that mature to black. Birds are attracted to the fruits and help spread the seed to other locations. Useful as a tall groundcover, on shaded slopes or in a wildlife garden.

  • Grows up to 2-3 ft. tall and wide (60-90 cm). Freely self-seeds in the landscape.
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in medium moisture, well-drained soils. Shade tolerant but too much shade would reduce the flower production. Drought tolerant.
  • Low maintenance, this plant is also generally pest and disease free. Wilt and root rot may be an issue in hot and humid climates. Deer resistant.
  • Perfect as a specimen or massed in beds and borders, cottage gardens, slopes, naturalized areas.
  • Propagate by seed and semi-hardwood cuttings.
  • Native to Europe, northern Africa, western Asia.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Climate Zones 3, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Hypericum - St John's Wort
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Climate Zones 3, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Hypericum - St John's Wort
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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