Date Posted: Feb 12, 2016
Four-petal St. John’s wort is an evergreen perennial shrub. Its blooms are bright lemon-yellow with four petals and four sepals. Leaves are ovate- to cordate-shaped, oppositely arranged and have entire margins. They clasp the stem. Leaves tend to be bluish-green, but may also be yellowish-green or reddish. Stems are glabrous and woody at the base.
Four-petal St. John's wort can bloom throughout the year, but late spring is usually its best bloom time. It occurs naturally in moist flatwoods, sandhills and ruderal areas, and is considered a near-endemic species as it occurs only in Florida and limited parts of southern Georgia.
The species name, like the common name, alludes to the flower’s four petals: from the Greek tetra or “four,” and petalon meaning “petal or leaf.”
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