Stinking Tutsan - Hypericum hircinum


A shrub with many upright and spreading stems from the base, bearing paired, narrowly oval, acutely pointed leaves. The flowers have five elliptical yellow petals and a multitude of very long stamens. The stamens are much longer than the petals, the sepals much shorter. The three styles and the sepals remain when the petals have fallen, the sepals may also fall away in time to leave only the styles. The upper stems are ridged. Unlike the round berries of Tutsan, the berries (fruits) of Hypericum hircinum are elongated into a conical point. The lower stems are very woody. Brushed foliage has strong odour.

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

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Shaded habitats, and occasionally also in more open places where its growth is often stunted.

When to see it

Flowers June to September.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread but occasional in England and Wales where it has now naturalised.

VC55 Status

Uncommon or under recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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