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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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28 April, 2015

Hairy St Johns-wort: the hairy hypericum | Nature Notes from Dorset

I have included hairy St John's wort (Hypericum hirsutum) in my series on woodland flowers but, in truth, it could have been included elsewhere as in addition to open woodland rides and woodland edges it occurs on river banks, in ditches and along hedgerows. It has a preference for lime-based soils and so, in Dorset, my perception is that it is most likely to be found in woodland on the chalk.
At first one might mistake it for yellow loosestrife; it is a tall plant with spikes of large, pale yellow flowers. On closer inspection, however, it can be seen to be quite different in many ways and that it bears the hallmarks of the Hypericum family; opposite, rounded leaves and five pointed petals with pronounced stamens.

Read more: Hairy St Johns-wort: the hairy hypericum | Nature Notes from Dorset