Spotted St. John’s wort

Spotted St. Johnswort (closeup)I love Spotted St. John’s wort (Hypericum punctatum).  What excites me the most about it is the fact that it is loaded with hypericin — one of the medicinal components of St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum).  The hypericin accounts for the beautiful red color which appears when making a tincture of this plant.  The dark spots are evidence of the hypericin . . . and they are throughout this plant.  On the leaves (especially evident and visible when held to the light) . . .

Spotted St. Johnswort leaf. . . on the flowers . . .

Spotted St. Johnswort flower cluster. . . and on the stem.

Spotted St. Johnswort stem

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