Hypericum, the Berry Superstar

Hypericum is an ornamental superstar, which features colorful berries on a compact shrub.  The plant itself is a perennial botanical, sprouting golden blooms in the spring, which fall off to reveal elliptical berries come late summer. 

hypericum flowers and berries

Hypericum Growing Conditions

Hypericum is best grown in open fields during the summer, when the days are long and warm.  Hypericum farmers typically prune while they pick, allowing the plant to rest and regather nutrients for the following season.

field hypericum

The "classic hypericum" look has always been a leafy branch with dark-hued berries.  Now, after years of breeding, it's available in many other colors ranging from pale green to dark red. 

 Some hypericum varieties, clockwise from upper left: Lemon, Triumph,  Midnight Glow, and Pumpkin

Some hypericum varieties, clockwise from upper left: Lemon, Triumph,  Midnight Glow, and Pumpkin

Hypericum berries are long-lasting, retaining their color for weeks, which make them ideal additions to a wide range of floral arrangements.  And, as you can see in the photos,  the plant has multiple berries per stem, which makes it a great accent botanical as well as a bright focal piece in your autumn decorating palette. 

red hypericum

The smooth and shiny berries provide an interesting and modern textural contrast, which has shown to be highly desirable.

 Sunflower and hypericum arrangement

Sunflower and hypericum arrangement