Cedar Glade St Johnswort is a blaze of multicolored leaves from October through December in my garden.
A study in yellows, golds and burgundies greets me as I walk the garden.
Hypericum frondosum is a fantastic plant that is as happy in a cultivated garden or woodland as it is in the forested understory near a cedar glade. It's an easy to grow native of the Southeastern US, including Texas and Louisiana. It flowers best in full sun with decent moisture, but tolerates dry shade very well. I mulch it with fallen leaves, but, occasionally it dies back. Not to worry, it blooms on new growth.
It came to my garden as the cultivar 'Sunburst'; a shorter, more compact looking shrub then the species. The mother plant is long gone and all the seedlings have grown to resemble H frondosum with its lankier growth habit.
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|At a friend's house|
|I love the excellent blue-green foliage and bright sunny yellow flowers.|
The facts about Hypericum frondosum
- Plant type shrub Native Southeast, Mid-Atlantic states, Louisiana and Texas
- Light full-sun-to-part-shade
- Height 2 ft.6 in. to 4 ft.
- Spread about 3 ft.
- Habit upright
- Soil pH slightly-acidic-to-neutral-pH6.5-7
- Soil moisture dry, tolerates wet soil in winter
- Bloom time early June at Clay and Limestone
- Flower color yellow
- Bloom size 2 in. to 2 in.
- Foliage color a luscious blue-green
- Foliage size 4 in. to 4 in.
- Faunal Associations Hairstreak caterpillar and bees