Tutsan - Hypericum androsaemum


    Semi evergreen, hairless shrub to 70 cm. Stems with two raised lines. Leaves opposite, oval to oblong and unstalked. Flowers pale yellow, 18 to 22 mm in small terminal clusters.

    Similar Species

    The hybrid with Stinking Tutsan (Hypericum x inodorum) has petals longer than sepals and a faint unpleasant smell when bruised, and the cultivated variety 'Elstead', with red fruits, is frequently planted.  

    Identification difficulty

    Often in damp or shaded habitats including deciduous woodland and hedgerows, often near to habitation.

    When to see it

    June to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Occasional in Britain, and often as a garden escape, but native in some parts of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland where it is usually found as a garden escape. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 3 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map