Hairy St John's-wort - Hypericum hirsutum


    The only species of St John's-wort that has roughly hairy leaves and hairy stems and that does not grow in bogs. It is a medium to tall erect plant. The round section stem has two raised lines. The leaves have translucent dots but no marginal black glands. Flowers are pale yellow and sometimes red-veined borne in a lax many flowered panicle. The sepals are covered in tiny black spots.

    Similar Species

    Other St John's-worts

    See our St John's Wort ID Guide.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    H hirsutum is the only species with hairy stems and leaves that is recorded in VC55.

    Recording advice

    A photograph of the plant in its habitat


    Woodland, scrub and rough grassland and railway verges.

    When to see it

    July and August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread records from most of Britain except the north of Scotland and western England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 108 of the 617 tetrads.

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