St John’s Wort is a spreading shrubby type perennial, stemless leathery leaves grow up the stems (to about 45cm) and the flowers are produced on top. These are a good source of food for bees and hoverflies. Tiny oil sacs in the leaves produce the characteristic citrusy smell. A plant of open grassland and hedgerows. Research is still ongoing into it’s uses medicinally.
Best sown in autumn for spring germination, or placed in a bag on moist sand in the fridge for a while, before sowing.
Seed from Shropshire