Scientific Name: Hypericum perforatum L.
Family: Hypericaceae (St. John’s-wort Family)
Common name: European St. John’s Wort
Description: Erect perennial, diffusely branched to around 2 feet tall; flowers and fruits June-September.
Range and Habitat: Introduced from Europe; fields and roadsides; common; chiefly in the mountains and piedmont.
In Porcher’s time… St. John’s-wort was thought to cure demoniac possession, hysteria, and was formerly held to counteract hexes and enchantments. It was supposed to possess the power of healing wounds, bruises, and contusions.