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St. Johns Wort: Number 2 in a Garden Photo Series

Updated on May 18, 2016
St. John's Wort Bloom After Rain
St. John's Wort Bloom After Rain | Source

Photographing the Amazing St. John's Wort


It has been great to read up on photography from various HubPages writers and then to try some trial and error with a few shots of my mid-spring garden blooms and sprouts.

This week’s cloudy weather and cool temps were just too good to pass up and I’ve been able to experiment with lights, camera, and a little action since the slightest breeze sends my flowers dancing.

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Already, it's been hot enough to bring out my St. John’s Wort blooms and they were shining in the dusky lighting by the time I made it to this plant with my camera. The blooms range in color from a bright golden yellow to a deep spring orange as they begin to fade, and it seems that white light is always reflecting or glistening on them from some angle or another.

The rain added the happy element of droplets for my photos and it was neat to experiment with how the pictures would turn out when bugs made them jiggle. Trying to get reflections is something I'll have to continue working on, though.

St. John's wort is quite old-fashioned in its name and its uses. Native to the other side of the world, it is now widespread in the U.S. with many Americans considering it a noxious weed due to the fact that it has killed some livestock and taken over gardens.

However, there are many others who hold the old variety in high regard for medicinal purposes and the new varieties for their ornamental value. If you are thinking of planting St. John's Wort, give some consideration to the purpose you have in mind.


St. John's Wort is an

ornamental plant worth

cultivating in a home

garden space, not just

another herb for health.

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Easy to grow in almost any soil or location with average care, it can take a little neglect, but if you want it to be at its best don’t let its feet stay wet, or let it dry out for too long. It is propagated both from seed and cuttings, and will reproduce prolifically if planted in a spot that you can just let it grow in without pruning.

It attracts visitors like butterflies and bees, as well as all sorts of other little buggies that like nectar. People visitors always recognize the name with an inane comment that goes something like, “You mean that’s the herb, like the in health food stores?” They immediately feel silly, but I just smile and say, “Yes, isn’t it an amazing plant? It adds so much to my garden!”

As much as I hate to do it, I’m going to have to prune mine back after it finishes flowering this year, but I’m trying to think of a place I can put another one where I can give it complete freedom to grow in. The up side is that pruning is easy and sometimes promotes another round of blooms.


St. John's Wort Photo Montage

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Rich Yellow St. John's Wort FlowersSt. John's Wort Blooms ProfuselySt. John's Wort Flowers Have Delicate DetailsSt. John's Wort Is A Richly Colored PlantSt. John's Wort Flowers Soak Up SunshineRaindrops On St. John's WortSt. John's Wort Flowers Are PhotogenicCrisp And Clean St. John's Wort FlowersBudding St. John's WortBold St. John's Wort Is A Garden DelightSt. John's Wort Says Hello!Happily Profuse St. John's WortDroplets Hydrate St. John's WortMore St. John's Wort BudsSt. John's Wort Bowing To Applause
Rich Yellow St. John's Wort Flowers
Rich Yellow St. John's Wort Flowers | Source
St. John's Wort Blooms Profusely
St. John's Wort Blooms Profusely | Source
St. John's Wort Flowers Have Delicate Details
St. John's Wort Flowers Have Delicate Details | Source
St. John's Wort Is A Richly Colored Plant
St. John's Wort Is A Richly Colored Plant | Source
St. John's Wort Flowers Soak Up Sunshine
St. John's Wort Flowers Soak Up Sunshine | Source
Raindrops On St. John's Wort
Raindrops On St. John's Wort | Source
St. John's Wort Flowers Are Photogenic
St. John's Wort Flowers Are Photogenic | Source
Crisp And Clean St. John's Wort Flowers
Crisp And Clean St. John's Wort Flowers | Source
Budding St. John's Wort
Budding St. John's Wort | Source
Bold St. John's Wort Is A Garden Delight
Bold St. John's Wort Is A Garden Delight | Source
St. John's Wort Says Hello!
St. John's Wort Says Hello! | Source
Happily Profuse St. John's Wort
Happily Profuse St. John's Wort | Source
Droplets Hydrate St. John's Wort
Droplets Hydrate St. John's Wort | Source
More St. John's Wort Buds
More St. John's Wort Buds | Source
St. John's Wort Bowing To Applause
St. John's Wort Bowing To Applause | Source

Important Note On Growing St. John's Wort


If you plan to grow St. John’s Wort to use for medicinal purposes be sure and read both the pros and cons about the benefits and concerns. There can be some serious side effects and you should always discuss any health issues with a professional before deciding whether to and how to use herbal remedies, particularly if you are taking any other supplements or prescriptions.

Hope you enjoy my photo montage. Maybe it will inspire you to incorporate this busy bee plant into your garden so you can practice your photography skills because the flowers absolutely do not look like anybody’s warts!

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Take Note of How St. John's Wort Helps Relieve Depression:

Hypericum or St. John's Wort

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    • RTalloni profile image
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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      sgbrown:

      So glad you enjoyed this look at St. John's Wort. Wish I could share some of my seeds or cuttings with you. Thanks much for your input on the hub!

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Great hub, love the pictures. I love yellow flowers in my garden and especially those that will reproduce and come back each year. This sounds like a great one for me to try. I will be looking for it come spring. Thank you for SHARING your wonderful hub. Voted up and useful! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      You are welcome. Thanks for stopping in.

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      HealthyHanna 6 years ago from Utah

      I think I will add it to my herb garden. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks bunches. Appreciate your visit and kindness very much!

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      kims3003 6 years ago

      Very well done hub! So well put together and very informative. I added this hub as a link in the hub I recently did on Lavender. Your photos are fabulous!!!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thank you so very much! Appreciate your visit and your encouragement.

      This series is real a learning experience for me and I appreciate input about it.

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      Dianne Tyndall 6 years ago from Sanderson, Texas

      Shared with Facebook voted up and useful. Love your Garden Photo Series! Keep up the good work!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      anidae:

      How sweet of you to share this!

      I imagine you would really enjoy practicing photography to go with your hubbing and I'm looking forward to seeing some of your work.

      So appreciate that you dropped by to share your input. Thank you!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Twilight Lawns:

      Thanks so much for sharing that personal account of St. John's Wort! It is very important to have the advice of a professional when using any kind of herbal remedy. For some, this plant might very well need to be left in the garden.

      So glad you stopped in to add this input!

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      anidae 6 years ago

      I really got a lift after viewing your photos. I will have to check out the photography hubs because I like to photograph items for my hubs and my blog. This is an interesting and informative hub so I voted up and awesome.

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      Twilight Lawns 6 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      I have a friend who took it for depression. In fact, I was the person who told him of it. What I did not know, however, is that no matter what medication one is taking for whatever condition, St Joun's Wort negate the efficacy of that medication. Sometimes completely, usually massively. If you are taking it, notify your G,P, and she/he may advise you against it.

      A plant well left in the garden!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      You are already doing what I am still considering. I believe I'll plant a large pot of St. John's Wort for medicinal uses so I can be certain that it is in the best soil with no run off from an unwanted source. Thanks for the nudge! :)

      Appreciate very much that you came by and shared your input.

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      Leni Sands 6 years ago from UK

      Ah yes, St John's Wort is one of my favourites and grows beautifully even in the most difficult of soils - it is growing in two places in my garden one for its floral beauty and the other for its medicinal features. Wonderful and informative hub. Thanks for sharing.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      They must be a fabulous sight. Ours here in the southeast USA do not get quite that big. Thanks much for your input!

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      Steve Andrews 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Canary Islands St John's Wort is very common on Tenerife and forms huge bushes more like small trees.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Pamela99:

      My St. John's Wort surprised me the first time it bloomed. I had no idea what a party it puts on! I mentioned above that the photos on my computer screen don't do the flowers justice--the color is brilliant.

      Learning more about photography has been a great experience and there are several "how to" hubs on the topic. You'll love learning about it and experimenting, Pamela.

      Thanks so much for stopping by with your generous comments!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Chatkath:

      One thing I didn't mention is that it is easy, easy to grow. It pretty much takes care of itself--otherwise it wouldn't survive my life's circumstances! You would enjoy owning one of these plants, and they are easy to propagate so you can make gifts of them. The photos really don't do the colors justice, at least on my computer screen.

      So appreciate your visit and comments! Thank you.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      tonymead60:

      So glad you enjoyed their sunshine in this hub. :) Thanks much for coming by and leaving your note!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Jo_Goldsmith11:

      I'm glad your husband recognizes the symptoms and is able to benefit from the St. John's Wort products.

      Thanks for stopping by as well as for your kind comments!

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      I didn't know that is what St. John's Wart looked like. What a beautiful flower. Your pictures are outstanding. I think I should read up on photography also. Great up, rated awesome.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      I have heard of it but only as you said, by seeing it in the health food store. I absolutely love a garden though, you have outdone yourself R., this is a beautiful flower, I would like to try growing. Thank you so much as usual for a wonderful hub! Rated up for your green thumb !!

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      Tony Mead 6 years ago from Yorkshire

      they have such delicate, pretty flowers, and add a slash of colour to the most rugged open spaces.

      thank you for sharing that sunshine with me

      cheers

      Tony

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 6 years ago

      My husband swears by St. John's wort in the pill form. He has seasonal depression. He swears it helps him by taking two 300mg capsules a day, with his other vitamins. He is pretty healthy! He has no cavities after ten years of not seeing the dentist! He swears by natural remedies. Your flowers are just beautiful! I voted up! Great hub!