Hypericum Berries?

butterflylion(7bGA)May 6, 2005

What type of Hypericum Berries are used in arrangements? They come in different colors. Where can the plants be purchased? Thanks!

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Jim_Andrews(z5 VT)

Hypericum are the mature berries of St. John's Wort.

J-

    Bookmark   May 7, 2005 at 11:33PM
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Noni Morrison

ButtrflyLion. Just looked it up in SPECIALTY CUT FLOWERS. (Do you have the book? IF not, invest in it. Great resource! By Armitage and Laushman).

ALbury Purple
Annebel
AAutumn Blaze
Dolly Parton

Excellent FLair
Candy FLair
Envy FLair
Jade FLair
Pinky FLair
Glacier
MAgical series
OCtober Revolution
Rheingold
Summer

NOw the only ones I HAve found are GLacier and one called "Elstead"/ IT is supposed to have nice berries so I bought 3 of it ths spring. I have discovered that one cuts back the whole plant in the spring and that gets rid of the rust from the previous fall and lets it grow nice long wands that are good for cutting.

I would like to know where to find these others!

    Bookmark   May 8, 2005 at 12:46PM
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msgreenjeans(8 OR)

I ordered some very nice plants from forestfarm.com...they come in tubes and the prices are good. I believe they have quite a few varieties in their cut flower section.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2005 at 1:27PM
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linda_schreiber(z5/6 MI)

There are many *drastically* different species within the genus Hypericum. The ones used by florists [I am one] are the varieties of Hypericum androsaemum, a native to Eurasia, now in gardens in many parts of the world. Many varieties of this particular species have been developed, mostly for varying colors of the berries.

As far as I know, this is the only Hypericum species that is shrubby/woody, and that forms berries like this one does. Other Hypericum species do not form berries, and our native Hypericum perforatum certainly does not.

When you're shopping for Hypericum plants because you're after the berries, be sure to know more about what you're paying for than just 'Hypericum'... you might get an otherwise nice herby plant, but no berries.

LizaLily does seem to know her Hypericum androsaemum varieties [grins]. Pruning back hard is the way the pro growers get those nice long straight stems of berries. And rust can be a problem, even then.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2005 at 9:59PM
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butterflylion(7bGA)

LizaLily, how did your "Elstead" plants do? Have you found any others with nice berries?

    Bookmark   February 9, 2006 at 11:45PM
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butterflylion(7bGA)

Does anyone know of a source for plants for the Flair group?

    Bookmark   March 3, 2008 at 3:35PM
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busy-girl

Hypericum Calycinum is "St. John's Wort" and can be invasive. The Hypericum you are looking for is Androsaemum.
Glacier and orange flair are good for cutting.
Jan

    Bookmark   March 4, 2008 at 11:14PM
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stephlangone_yahoo_com

Where can I get these plants? Any recommendations would be helpful. I would like the glacier or orange flair variety for cutting. Thanks.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2011 at 6:13AM
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teresa_b(z6 MO)

Stephanie,

I found the plant at a local perennial nursery and bought one to try it out. I have now killed three plants and have no idea of what is going wrong as this flower bed is a dream come through as far as soil, drainage, etc. The nursery where I found it in St. Louis specializes in many types and varieties of perennials--it was not a big box store so you may find it at a local specialty nursery.

Good luck finding one (and hope it thrives well!)

Teresa

    Bookmark   March 25, 2011 at 11:43AM
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steve22802(7a VA)

I'm growing Hypericum from seed. It has germinated but is growing very slowly so far. It probably won't bloom/bear fruit this year.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2011 at 11:06PM
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butterflylion(7bGA)

Steve22802, where did you get your seed?

    Bookmark   March 25, 2011 at 11:27PM
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steve22802(7a VA)

I got my Hypericum seeds from GeoSeeds.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2011 at 9:12PM
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butterflylion(7bGA)

Does anyone grow any of the Flair varieties?

    Bookmark   February 10, 2012 at 11:54PM
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butterflylion(7bGA)

Is the a source for plants of the different Flair colors?

    Bookmark   March 7, 2012 at 10:18PM
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bfff_tx(z8b TX)

Butterflylion - I don't know about the "Flair" but check out the web-site for Plants Nouveau in Sth Carolina. They list the nurseries where their "Everlasting" series of Hypericum are available from.
Cheers Kim - BFFF

    Bookmark   March 8, 2012 at 8:55AM
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