Syn.: Hypericum officinarum Crantz, nom. illeg., Hypericum vulgare Lam., nom. illeg.
Family: Hypericaceae Juss.

Hypericum perforatum

Distribution: Europe beyond Arctic area, Northern Africa, Turkey, Northern Iran and Northwestern China. Naturalized in temperate and subtropic areas of all continents.

Ecology: Grows in woodland clearings, on bushy slopes, on grassland, in fields and by the roadside, from lowland to mountains. Blooms from May to September.

Description: Perennial herb with erect stem, 30–100 cm high. Leaves ovate-elliptic, hairless, 15–35 mm long, 5–15 mm wide, with conspicuous translucent dots. Flowers in terminal inflorescences, corollas golden yellow, sepals and petals black-dotted. The fruit is a capsule.

Use: The flowering stems are used medicinally.

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Hypericum perforatum

These images were taken in Czechia, Prague, Stodůlky (July 28, 2005).