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Flower  St. John's Wort

St. John's Wort - Photo  Copyright 2003 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

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Latin name: Hypericum perforatum

Size: Grows to a height of around 90cms.

Distribution: Found throughout the UK.

Flowering months: June to October.

Habitat: Found on meadows, along hedgerows and woods.

Special features: This is perforate St. John's wort, which gets its name from the perforations in the leaves. You you can see them when you hold them up to the light.

Because of these holes, people used to believe St. John's Wort had healing properties, and during the Crusades, the knights of St. John used the leaves to heal their wounds.

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