Common Names: Hypericum, Coffee Bean Berry, 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

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: Hypericum is a medium sized woody shrub with star shaped yellow flowers. These mature into clusters of shiny, brightly colored berries. These clusters of berries are popular in floral design.

Color: Berries are most commonly reddish brown. Can be found in green, purple. white, yellow 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 stem ends with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Hypericum Perforatum (St. John's Wort) is a medicinal herb used to treat depression.

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