Common Names: Hypericum, Coffee Bean, St. John's Wort

Botanical names: Hypericum, (hi-PER-i-kum)

Availability: June through December

Vase life: 7 to 14 days

Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit

Description: Clusters of shiny, brightly colored berries.

Color: Berries are most commonly reddish brown. Can be found in green and red.

Botanical facts: At one time Hypericum was hung over pictures to ward off evil spirits. Hence the name from the Greek words hyper (above) and eikon (picture).

Design notes: Hypericum is a wonderful filler in bouquets. The berries add interest and texture.

Purchasing hints: Purchase stems with turgid foliage and firm shiny berries.

Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the water line. Cut with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral preservative / floral food for two hours before storage or usage.