A very variable plant. Four main forms can be recognised, but there are no gaps in the variation that would allow infraspecific classification[
Ascyrum monogynum (L.) Moench
Brathydium aureum K.Koch
Hypericum amoenum Pursh
Hypericum aureum Lour.
Hypericum chinense L.
Hypericum salicifolium Siebold & Zucc.
Hypericum sinense J.F.Gmel.
Komana salicifolia (Siebold & Zucc.) Y.Kimura
Norysca aurea (Lour.) Blume
Norysca chinensis Spach
Norysca punctata Blume
Norysca salicifolia (Siebold & Zucc.) K.Koch
Close-up of the flower
Photograph by: KENPEI
Hypericum monogynum is a bushy shrub with spreading branches; it can grow 50 - 130cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine. It is cultivated as an ornamental in many parts of the world, including southeast Asia
E. Asia - southeast China, Taiwan
Scrub in gorges at elevations around 500 metres[
]. Mountain slopes, roadsides and thickets in dry habitats from sea level to 200 metres in lowland provinces, but up to 1,500 metres in Sichuan[
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Succeeds in most soils in a warm position[
This plant has long been known in gardens, erroneously, as Hypericum chinense[
Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[
The plant is alterative, antidote and astringent[
]. It is used in the treatment of miasmatic diseases, diarrhoea and vomiting[
The green twigs and leaves are made into a paste, which is used to treat dog bites and bee stings[
Seed - sow in containers and only just cover the seed. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 3 months at 10°c. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out when large enough.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood 10 - 12cm with a heel.
Cuttings of mature wood, 12 - 17cm with a heel. Good percentage[
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