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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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12 May, 2015

Trailing St Johns-wort: the procumbent hypericum | Nature Notes from Dorset

In general St John's-worts are fine, upstanding members of the plant community, the exception being trailing St John's-wort (Hypericum humifusum) which is a prostrate plant with a thin stem unable to support the weight of the small, vibrant, rich yellow star shaped flowers. The flowers usually have a few black dots on them otherwise they are typical of the Hypericum family. Humifuse means spread over the surface of the groundprocumbent.
Found usually in woodland it tends to be woodland where the soil is acid

Read more: Trailing St Johns-wort: the procumbent hypericum | Nature Notes from Dorset