Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park


Square-Stalked St John's Wort
Hypericium tetrapterum
of the St. John'S Wort family
a perennail
50 -90 cm high
blooms June-September
likes damp grassy places, along riverbanks
can be seen in woods by the path just north of the South Beach

St.John's Wort has been used to exorcise spirits and call up ghosts. If you come across a patch of the plant you should wear a clump under the left arm as it was thought to be an effective means of warding off evil spirits and bad luck generally.