Hypericum perforatum, known as perforate St.John’s wort, common Saint John’s wort and St John’s wort, is a flowering plant in the family Hypericaceae. A vigorous, low-maintenance perennial, St.John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) grows well in most conditions except wet soil. Named “wort,” a term used for healing plants.
St.John’s wort is most commonly used for depression and symptoms that sometimes go along with mood such as nervousness, tiredness, poor appetite, and trouble sleeping. There is some strong scientific evidence that it is effective for mild to moderate depression. St.John’s wort is also used for symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and mood changes.
St.John’s wort is a plant with yellow, star-shaped flowers and five petals that grows in Europe, North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, and Eastern Asia. The plant grows in sunny, well-drained areas.
Growing St.John’s Wort from Seed
St.John’s Wort seeds are easy to grow. Plant the herb seeds indoors 6 – 8 weeks before the last frost, or outside after danger of frost has passed. Press the seeds into the soil, but do not cover it as the seed will germinate better with light. Transplant the seedlings when they are 2 – 3 inches tall. The plants will tolerate most any soil conditions but prefer moist and light soils. Fertilizer is only necessary in the poorest of soils, and water in prolonged drought times. It grows to be 50-100 cm tall.