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Ames St. John’s Wort

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A neatly rounded garden shrub with dazzling golden yellow flowers in mid summer; this variety is slightly hardier than the species and has a more uniform shape, great for massing, tolerates dry conditions particularly well

Characteristics

Species:
kalmianum
Other Species Names:
Kalm's St. John's Wort
Average Landscape Height:
24 inches
Average Landscape Width:
3 feet
Genus:
Hypericum
Cultivar:
Ames
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Plant Form:
round
Canopy:
closed
Growth Rate:
slow
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Flower Color:
gold
Flower Period:
in mid summer
Summer Foliage Color:
sea green
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
average
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Ames St. John's Wort is smothered in stunning gold flowers along the branches in mid summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It has bluish-green deciduous foliage. The narrow leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color.

Landscape Attributes

Ames St. John's Wort is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Ames St. John's Wort will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to dry locations, and dislikes excessive moisture. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Ames St. John's Wort makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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