Hypericum revolutum (Curry Bush)

Scientific Name

Hypericum revolutum Vahl

Common Names

Curry Bush, Forest Primrose


Hypericum revolutum subsp. revolutum, Hypericum kalmianum, Hypericum kalmii, Hypericum lanuriense, Hypericum leucoptychodes

Scientific Classification

Family: Hypericaceae
Genus: Hypericum


Color: Bright yellow
Bloom Time: June to November


Hypericum revolutum is an evergreen shrub or small tree, with leaves opposite, closely spaced and crowded at the ends of branches, green to slightly glaucous, sessile, clasping at the base. Single bright yellow flowers form at the ends of branches, up to 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter, blooming from June to November. The fruit is a reddish-brown capsule, up to 0.5 inch (1.3 cm) long and up to 04 inch (1 cm) wide.

Hypericum revolutum - Curry Bush
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USDA hardiness zone 8a to 11b: from 10 °F (−12.2 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

If you live in USDA plant hardiness zones 5 or 6 to 10 and have a partially shaded site, you can probably grow St. John's Wort. The plant isn't particular about the soil type. It grows well in sand, clay, rocky soil or loam, and tolerates acidic to slightly alkaline pH.

St. John's Wort adapts to both moist and dry soil, and even tolerates occasional flooding. It also withstands drought but grows best with irrigation during prolonged dry spells. You won't find a plant that will thrive in more situations.

Growing St. John's Wort herb in a location with too much sun can lead to leaf scorch, while too much shade reduces the number of flowers. The best location is one with bright morning sunlight and a little shade in the hottest part of the afternoon.

If your soil isn't particularly fertile, prepare the bed before transplanting. Spread about 2 inches (5 cm) of compost or rotted manure over the area and dig it in to a depth of at least 8 inches (20 cm). Transplant the shrubs into the garden, setting them at the height at which they grew in their containers. They grow only 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90 cm) tall with a spread of 1.5 to 2 feet (45 to 60 cm), so space them 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 cm) apart. Water slowly and deeply after planting and keep the soil moist until the transplants are well-established… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for St. John's Wort


Native to high mountains in the southern Arabian Peninsula, through tropical eastern Africa south into South Africa.


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