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Plant Details

Hypericum hypericoides [= Ascyrum hypericoides]

St. Andrew's Cross

Scientific Name:

Hypericum hypericoides [= Ascyrum hypericoides]

Common Name:

St. Andrew's Cross

Plant Family

Hypericaceae (St. John's-Wort Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Shrub

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow

Size in Feet:

1 to 3

Light:

part-sun, shade

Soil Moisture:

xeric(*)

Bloom Time:

May, June, July, August

Bloom Area:

common on Coast and in Piedmont, uncommon in Mountains

Habitat Description:

Dry forests and woodlands (Weakley 2015). Sorrie (2011—A Field Guide to the Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region), states “Inhabits dry to moist pinelands, oak-hickory woods, and flatwoods, but sometimes also in wetter situations such as seepage slopes and cypress-gum swamps.” Uncommon in NC Mountains, common in Piedmont and Coastal Plain.

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

No NC Status Listed (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

Notes:

Weakley places the Hypericums in the Hypericaceae family

Young Plant

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Bloom

About 1" across

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Bloom Close Up

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Seed Pods

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Growing in its habitat

Growing in dry, sandy woods, St Andrew's cross has an open structure, small delicate flowers, bright green leaves and interesting bark.

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Paynter, August, 2013, Wilmington

Flower

One of the 4-petaled Hypericums, St Andrew's cross has leaves that are widest in the middle and unequal pairs of sepals (1 pair is hardly noticeable)

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Leaves

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Bark

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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