Hypericum olympicum

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Hypericum olympicum
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Hypericaceae
Genus: Hypericum
Species: H. olympicum
Binomial name
Hypericum olympicum

Hypericum olympicum (Mount Olympus St. John's wort) is a species of flowering plant in the family Hypericaceae. It is native to Eurasia, including Albania, Bulgaria, the states of the former Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey, and Syria.[1] It is a dwarf deciduous shrub growing to 25 cm (10 in) tall by 30 cm (12 in) broad, with small oval grey-green leaves, and clusters of star-shaped yellow flowers with prominent stamens in summer.[2] As it requires sharp drainage to prevent winter rot, it is a suitable subject for the rockery or alpine garden. It increases by creeping lateral stems and self-seeds readily.[3]

This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[4]


  1. ^ Hypericum olympicum. GRIN.
  2. ^ RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  3. ^ Hypericum olympicum. Plant Finder. BBC.
  4. ^ "RHS Plant Selector Hypericum olympicum". Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 19 May 2013.