Hypericum elodes

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Hypericum elodes
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Hypericaceae
Genus: Hypericum
Species: H. elodes
Binomial name
Hypericum elodes
  • Elodes palustris
  • Hypericum palustre
  • Hypericum helodes [1]

Hypericum elodes, commonly known as marsh St John's-wort,[2] is a flowering plant native to Western Europe.


Hypericum elodes is a greyish perennial that forms mats, whereas most other plants in the genus Hypericum stand upright. Roots grow from the nodes on its creeping stems. The opposite leaves are hairy, pale green, and rounded. The spikes each bear a few yellow flowers that smell like resin. The five sepals are downy, and the margins of the five petals are lined with red dots.[3][4]


Hypericum elodes grows in acidic conditions on marshy ground, bog pools, and pond margins.[3]


Hypericum elodes grows in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain.[1] In Great Britain, it grows in the north and the west.[3]


  1. ^ a b Hypericum elodes Flora Europaea. Retrieved 2009-09-15.
  2. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  3. ^ a b c McKlintock, D. and R. S. R. Fitter. The Pocket Guide to Wild Flowers. Collins, London. 1956. pg 29.
  4. ^ Hypericum elodes: Marsh St. John's-wort British Wild Flowers. Retrieved 2009-09-15.

External links[edit]

  • Lansdown, R. V. 2011. Hypericum elodes. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. Downloaded on 30 June 2013.