Hypericum is native to the Mediterranean region of Europe, northern Africa, and the Middle East. There are hundreds of Hypericum varieties, in many different colors. The flower is also widely known as St. John Wort. This species, Hypericum Perforatum, is known for the beneficial effects and is being processed in various pharmaceutical products.
Hippocrates (460 v.Chr. – 370 v.Chr.) recommended Hypericum to treat nervous unrest. Another name for this flower is Tutsan: it comes from the French word Toutesaine, what means “all healthy”. In the floral industry, we use only the branches with berries, not the yellow flowers. That’s the reason some people call the flowers ‘coffee bean berry’.
There is a myth about the holes in the leaves of St. John Wort. The story goes that the devil was so angry with God, that he has given such a valuable and healthy plant to the people. Out of anger, the devil pierced, with a hair from his tail, all the leaves on the plant. You can still see the holes if you keep a leaf of Hypericum Perforatum against the sunlight.
Colors, shapes, and availability
The Hypericum is a fall product but is now year-round available. But still, the peak in popularity of Hypericum is in the fall. The fresh colors are popular during the wedding season and are beautiful in pastel floral arrangements. Almost every color berry is available; red, pink, brown, green, white, orange and even more. Around Christmas the painted options gold, copper, and silver are famous. All the Hypericum grown for the flower industry are from Ecuador, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania.
A natural addition to every bouquet, and fits in every style. A romantic bouquet with pink Hypericum, Avalanche roses, Phlox, Trachelium, Antirrhinum, Akito Roses, and Eucalyptus. A fall inspired bouquet you create with: red Hypericum, Tom Pearce Chrysanthemum, Quercus, Lilium, Leucadendron Safari Sunset and Anigozanthos. Or go for a fresh spring bouquet with green Hypericum, Ranunculus, white and pink Tulip, Anemone, Pistache and Salal leaves.
Shop care tips
Check the flowers when you receive them, specific the berries on black spots. Leaves should be green and no signs of yellowing. Other general tips are applicable, cut the flowers and put the flowers in water.
Hypericum is a sturdy product with a long vase life. But check the water level daily, the flowers need a lot of water.