COMMON ST. JOHNSWORT
(Hypericum perforatum L.)

GROWTH HABIT: Perennial, erect, numerous branches.

LEAVES: Opposite, attached directly to stem, 1 inch long, oblong, covered with transparent dots.

STEMS: Woody at the base, 1 to 3 ft. Tall, rust colored, with 2 ridges.

FLOWER: Yellow, 3/4 inch diameter, numerous in flat-topped clusters, 5 petals with numerous stamens.

ROOTS: Branched and deep, some shallow and capable of sending up shoots.

SEEDS: Small, shiny black, with rough texture in a round, pointed, three-part seed.

OTHER: Contains a toxic substance which causes white-haired animals to become allergic to strong sunlight.

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