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How to Grow Saint John's Wort Herb
St. John's Wort is primarily a medicinal herb. There are hundreds of varieties of Saint John's Wort. It is an easy to grow herbal plant, native to Europe and Asia. Quickly spreading, St John's Wort is found all over the U.S. Many farmers, consider the plant a weed.
St. John's Wort is believed to have been named after St. John the Baptist. It is a perennial herb that grows into a small shrub, if allowed. The plant has attractive leaves, with clusters of bright yellow flowers. The flowers will bloom from July through August.
How to Grow St. John's Wort:
St. John's Wort is grow from seed. You can also propagate it by rooting small cuttings from established plants.
The plants prefer full sun to partial shade. They prefer moist, and light soils. Sandy and coarse soils are fine.
Seeds can be sown directly into the garden in the spring. They can also be started indoors, for transplanting later.
Established Saint John's Wort plants require little or no attention. Add fertilizer if grown in poor soils. Water plants during extended period of dry weather.
Harvesting St. John's Wort:
Harvest and dry the leaves and flowers. Store them in a cool, dry place. More information on harvesting and drying herbs.
Uses for Saint John's Wort:
St. John's Wort is used to treat anxiety and depression. It has also been used for kidney ailments, incontinence, and pulmonary problems.
A tincture is made from the active ingredient "hypericin". You can easily make it yourself, or buy it in stores. The leaves are also used in teas.
St. John's Wort was used to ward off evil spirits and witches.
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