Although several species of hypericum are known as Wort, this is the one most used in herbal medicine. Wort is a perennial herb native to and most famous for its use as a mood enhancer. Reaching 1-3 feet in height, this plant is said to be effective against depression and anxiety while also reportedly having the ability to reduce alcohol cravings. It has been used for menstrual disorders and to heal wounds. It also has possible antiviral and antibacterial properties. The use of Wort as a medicinal herb dates back to the ancient Greeks. It gets its name because it was traditionally hung above pictures to ward off evil on day. The name hypericum actually refers to the Greek words hyper and eikon, which translate into “above” and “image”. Despite its utility in humans, the plant is poisonous to livestock. It is also an MAOI, which means it can easily interact with medications and certain foods.
Growing information: Seeds can be surface sown outdoors or started in pots indoors. Use a rich, well-draining soil. Spray the surface of your soil to keep it moist. Then flatten it out without applying much pressure. Sow the seeds on the surface, and cover with clear plastic to seal in moisture. Keep at around 60 degrees Fahrenheit in good light. The seeds can take as long as 90 days to germinate. Keep your plants at a final spacing of about 1.5 feet apart in full sun to partial shade.
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