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Hypericum moserianum

  • Common Name
    St John's Wort/Gold Flower
  • CA Native
    Non-native
  • Plant Type
    Shrub
  • Size
    3' x 3'
  • Flower Color
    Golden Yellow
  • Bloom Time
    • Fall
    • Summer
  • Leaves
    Blue-Green
  • Evergreen
    Evergreen
  • Deer Resistant
    Seldom Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    • Bees
    • Butterfly & Other Insect Nectar
  • Growth Rate
    Moderate
  • Hardiness
    Hardy
  • Adverse Growth Factors
    None
  • Special Features
    • Low Maintenance
    • Showy Flowers
  • Water Use
    • Low
  • Soil pH
    6.5-7.5 (neutral)
  • Exposure
    • Full Sun
    • Partial Shade
    • Shade
  • Soil Type
    Not Particular
  • Drainage
    Good Drainage
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    H. moseranum is an evergreen/semi-evergreen, mounding shrub with arching, reddish branches and clusters of 2.5 inch across golden yellow flowers. In most of Marin this is an evergreen plant but in areas where freezing temperatures occur it may die back to the ground but will regrow from the roots. It can be used in a shrub or perennial border , along a fence or in a container.

    Plant slightly above soil grade in average soil. Adding compost will help aerate the soil and add nutrients which will improve the health and bloom capacity of this shrub. Plant in full sun along the coast but in light afternoon shade in the hotter parts of Marin. Can withstand drought-like conditions but looks better with some summer water.

    Bees enjoy the nectar from this shrub.

    No serious pests or diseases.

  • Master Gardener Comments
    N / A
  • Varietals

    H. moserianum 'Tricolor' - leaves green with pinkish-cream edges with bright yellow flowers, 12"- 24' tall