A Midsummer Herb: Saint John’s Wort

COMMON NAME: Saint John's Wort GENUS: Hypericum SPECIES: H. calycinum, H. bookerianum, H. patulum FAMILY: Hypericaceae BLOOMS: summer TYPE: perennial DESCRIPTION: Saint John's wort is a low-growing, partly woody perennial that produces bright yellow flowers from early summer until frost. The flowers, which measure 1 1/2 to 2 inches across, occur in groups of five … Continue reading A Midsummer Herb: Saint John’s Wort

A Midsummer’s Celebration (Litha)

by Mike Nichols The young maid stole through the cottage door, And blushed as she sought the Plant of pow’r;– ‘Thou silver glow-worm, O lend me thy light, I must gather the mystic St. John’s wort tonight, The wonderful herb, whose leaf will decide If the coming year shall make me a bride. In addition … Continue reading A Midsummer’s Celebration (Litha)