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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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18 May, 2015

Tutsan: the healthy hypericum | Nature Notes from Dorset

Gardeners will be familiar with Rose of Sharon, a large flowered shrub of the Hypericum family and Rose of Sharon has escaped and become naturalised in the wild here in Britain but if you encounter a largish, shrubby Hypericum in woodland it is more likely to be our native version, tutsan (Hypericum androsaemum). Tutsan grows in damp woods and shady places and is not uncommon in woodland in Dorset. The lovely yellow flowers of June and July give way to large poisonous berries, red at first turning black with age.
Tutsan sounds to me as if it should originate from the southern states of America but Wikipedia reveals that the name appears to be a corruption of toute saine

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