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.