Common name: Perforate St. John’s wort. Lus na Maighdine Muire.
This population originates from Co Down. Irish Grid reference: J340697.
Annual to 80cms. Smallish yellow flowers on tall stems. Leaves show perforations when held up to the light – hence the name, perforate.
Flowers from end of June for many weeks so is good forage for bees in the hungry gap (July).
Open grassland, scrubby places. Prefers sandy or light soils. An adaptable plant.
Sow in autumn or early spring in a seed tray, transplant into modules when large enough to handle. Once mature enough plant outside.
Hung over doors for protection from evil spirits on St. John’s Day, 24th June. Traditionally taken as a mood helper for humans. Large amounts poisonous to livestock.
Avg contents: 600 seeds.