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Receiving Driveway, Domtar Paper Mill, Cornwall, Ontario, Canada.
June 27, 2010



A herbaceous perennial growing freely wild to a height of 1 to 3 feet in uncultivated ground, woods, hedges, roadsides, and meadows; short, decumbent, barren shoots and erect stems branching in upper part, glabrous; leaves pale green, sessile, oblong, with pellucid dots or oil glands which may be seen on holding leaf to light. Flowers bright cheery yellow in terminal corymb. Calyx and corolla marked with black dots and lines; sepals and petals five in number; ovary pear-shaped with three long styles. Stamens in three bundles joined by their bases only. Blooms June to August, followed by numerous small round blackish seeds which have a resinous smell and are contained in a three-celled capsule; odour peculiar, terebenthic; taste bitter, astringent and balsamic.
There are many ancient superstitions regarding this herb. Its name Hyperieum is derived from the Greek and means ‘over an apparition,’ a reference to the belief that the herb was so obnoxious to evil spirits that a whiff of it would cause them to fly.

Medicinal Action and Uses

Aromatic, astringent, resolvent, expectorant and nervine. Used in all pulmonary complaints, bladder troubles, in suppression of urine, dysentery, worms, diarrhoea, hysteria and nervous depression, haemoptysis and other haemorrhages and jaundice. For children troubled with incontinence of urine at night an infusion or tea given before retiring will be found effectual; it is also useful in pulmonary consumption, chronic catarrh of the lungs, bowels or urinary passages. Externally for fomentations to dispel hard tumours, caked breasts, ecchymosis, etc.

Preparations and Dosages

1 OZ. of the herb should be infused in a pint of water and 1 to 2 tablespoonsful taken as a dose. Fluid extract, 1/2 to 1 drachm.

The oil of St. John’s Wort is made from the flowers infused in olive oil.

Sony Alpha 700, Sigma 17 to 70 macro at 70mm
iso 100, spot metered, aperture priority F8.0, 1/350 second

In love with Ma Nature! Always have been, always will be. Let’s keep her safe, eh?

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  • Brenda Dow
    Brenda Dowover 4 years ago

    A lovely capture Mike……great DOF and the color is perfect!!!! I had some in my Maine garden but the petals where white with purple lines….. anemic???? lol
    I did find my Wildflower Book last night….. in the 33rd box to be delivered!!! LOL
    Now it’s time to read!!!! Love your macro’s from this old mill…… a real education you are sharing with us!!!! :))

  • Thanks so very much for your kind words and the favourite, Brenda! That little patch of ground has been a real education for me, too, after I discovered it last year!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverover 4 years ago

    Ooooh, this is so nice. You need your own wildflower book!

  • Many thanks, Lee-Anne. I could just about fill a book with the ones I haven’t identified yet!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carverover 4 years ago

    You should consider it. Really. Mine need to be updated.

  • I may look into it. The Mac has book-publishing software as part of IPhoto. Haven’t played with it yet. Prefer Photoshop.

    – Mike Oxley

  • vigor
    vigorover 4 years ago

    This is a beautiful macro. From the looks of your site, it seems we’ve been in eachother’s back yards!

  • LOL! Many thanks, Viv! Just love the wildflowers and I’m so lucky to have them in abundance here!

    – Mike Oxley

  • gingermegs
    gingermegsover 4 years ago

    This is so pretty.Love the yellow.:)

  • Thanks so very much! Your very kind words are so greatly appreciated!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellover 4 years ago

    I’ve heard of it for years, but do not remember seeing it. Looks nice.

  • Much appreciated, Fred. I had heard of it, too, but didn’t realize it grew in such abundance here.

    – Mike Oxley

  • JHRphotoART
    JHRphotoARTover 4 years ago

    Nicely done Mike

  • Thanks so very much! Greatly appreciated!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 4 years ago

    Spectacular shot Mike!! Gorgeous image and very interesting info!!

  • Many, many thanks, Blair. Really appreciate your kind words of support!

    – Mike Oxley

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous shot Mike. This is pretty gorgeous for a medicinal herb.

  • Thanks, Al. I didn’t realize how many of our wildflowers have such beneficial properties….

    – Mike Oxley

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Appreciate it, Ray! Thanks.

    – Mike Oxley

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