Hypericum 'Hidcote'

St. John's wort

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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour






Skill level


photo by Geoff Kidd, copyright GAP Photos (40069)

Plant details

One of the most popular and reliable hypericums, originally found in a garden and probably a hybrid of 'Rose of Sharon'. It is generally very hardy - where prolonged hard frost may reduce some of its stems to ground level, new growth reappears in the spring. The golden yellow flowers are more than 5cm (2in) across and are some of the largest found in the genus. They appear in great profusion in shade and even more copiously in full sun and last for several weeks. Hard pruning is tolerated if the plant become too large. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Clusiaceae

Genus: Hypericum

Cultivar: Hidcote

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Yellow

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 150cm

Spread: 150cm

Time to take cuttings: May to July

Flowering period: July to October

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A reliable plant to have in your border or as a hedge or on boundary. Prolific flowering.

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