St. John’s Wort on Summer Solstice

I haven’t let anyone mow the meadow at all this year, just so I could see what would grow if we let it alone.  I’m glad we did this because yesterday, a beautiful Summer solstice day, I found St. John’s Wort, one of my first and very beloved herbal allies, growing in a corner of the field.

Although my friend Sue sent me some baby plants this year that I planted early this spring in another spot, this is the first time I’ve seen it on the property growing wild, and I am very excited!

St. John’s Wort usually blooms on or around the Summer solstice.  See the little buds? (insert photo)

I don’t know if there are enough to really harvest them this year.  I think I may let them go to seed so there will be more next year.  We live in a very rural area with many pastures and open fields.  I’ll definitely be scouting out the neighbors property to see if I can find some more that I CAN harvest!


2 Responses to “St. John’s Wort on Summer Solstice”

  1. plantainpatch on 09 Jul 2008 at 3:44 pm

    I don’t have enough to harvest this year either. I called Jeff at Zack Woods too late and am on the secondary wait list. I hoping his harvest will be abundant and I will get a call. I hope your neighbors are loaded with St John’s Wort so you have some to harvest.

  2. tammy on 10 Jul 2008 at 10:38 am

    I did find some! My beautiful oil is brewing now. I’m looking again this weekend to find enough for tincture also. I’m not sure how long they bloom, but I’m thinking they are getting to the end of the cycle now. Must hurry

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