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Hypericum x inodorum 'Elstead' (St. John's Wort)

St. John's Wort 'Elstead', Hypericum 'Elstead', Hypericum elatum 'Elstead'


Hypericum x inodorum 'Elstead' (St. John's Wort) is a semi-evergreen or deciduous, upright shrub adorned with a profusion of showy clusters of star-shaped yellow flowers, 1 in. across (2.5 cm), from mid-summer to early fall. Each saucer-shaped flower presents 5 petals surrounding a prominent tuft of golden stamens. Borne at the tips of contrasting red stems, they are followed by elongated, fleshy fruits, emerging creamy white but maturing to bright salmon-pink and rosy-red. Aromatic when crushed, the attractive foliage of ovate, dark green leaves takes on autumnal tints, which persist well into the winter, further extending the interest of this plant. Providing 2 great shows with its blooms and berries, this deer-resistant little shrub is perfect for adding long-lasting color to the garden. Popular with flower arrangers thanks to the long vase life of the berried stems too!

  • Grows up to 3-5 ft. tall and wide (90-150 cm). Will self-seed in the garden, but without being aggressive.
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in moist, well-drained soils. Tolerates full shade. Provide a thick root mulch in cold winter climates. Drought tolerant.
  • Low maintenance, this plant is also generally pest and disease free. Deer resistant.
  • Perfect as a specimen or massed in borders, rock gardens, slopes, naturalized areas. Makes a pretty hedge.
  • Prune immediately after flowering.
  • Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 9
Heat Zones 7 – 9
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Hypericum - St John's Wort
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spread 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spacing 48" (120cm)
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 Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy, Semi-Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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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 7 – 9
Heat Zones 7 – 9
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Hypericum - St John's Wort
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spread 3' – 5' (90cm – 150cm)
Spacing 48" (120cm)
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 Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy, Semi-Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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