Montana Outdoors

July 29, 2008

Hypericum formossum

Western St. Johns-wort

Hypericum formossum

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  1. I love those stamens…and yellow is the cat’s meow for me!

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    Comment by Tabbie — July 29, 2008 @ 3:36 pm

  2. They sure are bright spots at the edge of the forest this time of year. There are two of them in these parts; this one, which is a native plant, and the Hypericum perforatum which is an invader. (That is, if I have Id’d it correctly.) Either way, the blossom is really pretty!

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    Comment by montucky — July 29, 2008 @ 3:44 pm

  3. The common name comes from its traditional flowering and harvesting on St John’s day, 24 June. The genus name Hypericum is derived from the Greek words hyper (above) and eikon (picture), in reference to the traditional use of the plant to ward off evil, by hanging plants over a picture in the house during St John’s day.

    Interesting. It seems it also is used in some anti-depressants.

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    Comment by scienceguy288 — July 30, 2008 @ 7:35 am

  4. I wasn’t aware where the name came from. Interesting.

    Years ago I worked for an herbal products manufacturer and remember encapsulating millions of caps of the powder.

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    Comment by montucky — July 30, 2008 @ 6:52 pm


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