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Bedstraw St. John's Wort Hypericum galioides

Phonetic Spelling
hy-PER-ih-kum gal-ee-OY-deez
Description

Bedstraw St. John's Wort is found in wet to moist habitats in the coastal plain of the southeastern United States from NC south to Fl and west to TX. It grows 1-6 feet tall with a spreading habit and blooms in summer with yellow flowers. It requires a moist well-drained site in sun to partial shade and can be used as a ground cover or in groupings near water features.

Habitat: Streambanks, swamps, river bottoms, floodplains, lake edges, wet pine forests, and ditches.

Quick ID Hints:

  • Stems 2-4 ridged on newer growth
  • Leaves paired or whorled, sessile or short-stalked
  • 5-petaled yellow flowers with numerous stamens

 

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Brodie
Brodie
Tags:
#cultivars#evergreen#drought tolerant#yellow flowers#groundcover#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Brodie
Brodie
Tags:
#cultivars#evergreen#drought tolerant#yellow flowers#groundcover#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Hypericum
    Species:
    galioides
    Family:
    Hypericaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    NC south to FL west to TX
    Distribution:
    coastal plains
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Shrub
    Habit/Form:
    Spreading
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Wet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Av(2)3-5 celled capsule, sometimes fleshy.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Bright yellow flowers summer into early fall. Solitary or cymose, terminal or axillary. Yellow (usually) 5-petaled (rarely 4), 5 sepals (rarely 4); stamens numerous, in bundles or in showy boss.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Whorled
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Simple very narrow leaves; 2-edged stem. Opposite or whorled, decussate, entire; sessile or petiole short.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Contain 2 to 4(up to 6) ridges on newer growth, smooth and rounded on older growth.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Pond
    Riparian
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rain Garden
    Water Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting