St. John's Wort

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Large, cheery yellow blooms cover the tough, low-growing native subshrub known as the creeping St. John's Wort shrub (Hypericum calycinum). Now, this isn't the same variety as the one you see in health food stores, but rather a durable landscape asset that delivers bright yellow blooms up to three inches wide with a fluffy "pom-pom" of long, bushy stamens and reddish anthers sparkle in the sunlight.

The main flush of blooms for bees, butterflies, and beneficial pollinators, occurs in early summer, with sporadic reblooming all season long! Over the season, the spent blooms develop into showy seedpods that persist all fall and winter for interest. Creeping St. John's Wort, also known as Aaron's Beard, is low-maintenance enough for even beginning gardeners can have success with these charming, ground-hugging shrubs.

Glossy, oval leaves add a symmetrical precise look to these hard-working plants and remain evergreen in warm winters. Groundcover St. John's Wort spreads by underground stolons to suppress weeds on bare ground, forming tidy and cheerful colonies! Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 5 to 9, these shrubs grow 12 - 18 inches and spread to 18 - 24 inches wide. Watch for the foliage to develop purple tones if the nights in your area stay cool enough.

Planting and Application:

Use several to decorate a Rock Garden with a drape of happy color, or in Pollinator Gardens to attract bees and butterflies! It easily softens the base of your specimen boulders. Sunny and easy-care accents, these shrubs look great anywhere! If you have a wooded edge, St. John's Wort fits right in. Hypericum eases the transition between the lawn and the garden, as well as the woods, taming the wildness and filling an area with little rays of sunshine!

Where we can ship this beautiful St. John's Wort plant, it becomes a lively resource to decorate bare ground in the filtered sun under trees. It's tolerant of many conditions but does flower best in full sun. Partner with drifts of colorful Sumac shrubs and anchor with a cascading planting pattern of clustered shrubs for a valuable garden feature!

Mixed-shrub borders, the back garden bed, and informal hedges are perfect spots for St. Johns Wort to roam! Alternately, Hypericum brings a nice 'scruffiness' to a formal planting bed as well as fitting in perfectly in informal country borders. Either way, St. John's Wort compliments your style! The short, spreading form of these plants makes them perfect for erosion control, on steep slopes, and en masse. Need to fill an area with sunshine? Plant a few St. John's Wort and sit back and relax!

  • Bright-Yellow Flowers With Little Golden Sparks!
  • Small Dense Spreading Shrub
  • Evergreen Foliage in Warm Climates & Deciduous in Cooler Zones
  • Winter Interest & Unique Reddish-Brown Seed Pods
  • Butterfly & Bee-Friendly & Floral Design
  • Spreading & Naturalizing, Erosion Control, Living Groundcover & Specimens

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Plant 18 inches apart in well-drained soil and full sun for the best flowering display. St. John's Wort plant care does include partial shade, but make sure it will receive at least four hours of sunlight a day. Over time, they will develop moderate resistance to periodic drought. However, our team does recommend that you apply water as needed during hot, dry weather. In early spring, you can prune off any winter damage as needed.

A generous layer of mulch retains moisture and insulates the root system from heat and winter's chill. St. John's Wort blooms on new wood, so prune while dormant to control the size and shape however, these really do their best in locations where they're allowed to be themselves. Hypericum is deer and pest resistant, too.

  • Full Sun in Cooler Zones, Part Sun in Warmer Zones
  • Vigorous Growing Deciduous Flowering Shrub
  • Needs Well-Drained Soil & Moderate Moisture Needs
  • Prune When Dormant
  • Deer Seldom Bother It, Pest & Disease & Salt-Resistant

Give this groundcover room to spread to the largest width listed on the Plant Highlights. In optimal conditions, it may perform "too well" and our Plant Sentry™, software may block shipment into certain locations with regulations in place, type in your Zip Code to check.

Spreading and filling large areas in pure sunshine with the gorgeous native St. John's Wort from!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

About Plant Sentry™

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This proprietary eCommerce software prevents the shipment of a restricted plant to each state. The Plant Sentry system includes a shipment certification program. The Plant Sentry Compliance Officer works closely with and each nursery or fulfillment center to ensure only compliant plants are sold to customers.

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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St. John's Wort Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Hypericum calycinum
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 12 - 18 inches
Mature Spread 18 - 24 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate to Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring