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Fast Facts - Hypericum Berries

The genus of hypericum boasts about 400 species of flowering plants that come in many forms from small annual or perennial herbaceous plants which range from 5-10 cm in height, to berry-like shrubs and even small trees that can grow up to 12 meters tall. The variety of hypericum that has found its way to flower shops and wedding halls is the hypericum berry which looks like a fruitful cluster of juicy berries atop bright green leaves. As a popular flower grown across the globe, hypericum berries create a festive, lively look for any occasion. Their ubiquitous appearance attests to their popularity and their hearty, bright colors make them irresistible.

Name: Hypericum berries

Pronunciation: hy-PERRI-cum

Family: Clusiaceae

Origin: First found in the Western Asia

Availability: All year round

Color Options: Red, orange, green, purplish-brown

Grows in: Most regions, except for arctic regions, deserts and tropical lowlands.

Care Tips: Keep cut hypericum berries away from sources of direct sunlight, heat, or drafts. Re-cut their stems diagonally and place them in fresh water every few days. Because their leaves tend to wilt quickly, many flower growers recommend discarding the leaves and simply enjoying the berries themselves.

Life Span: Up to 2 weeks

Uses: Perfect for adding a unique texture to centerpieces and bouquets for all occasions. A spray of hypericum berries adds interest and life to a corsage or boutonniere.

Mixes well with: Roses, carnations, Queen Anneís lace, calla lilies

Hypericum berries are also an ideal addition to fall and Christmas-themed wreaths.

Interesting facts: Hypericum berries are the 11th most popular variety of cut flowers in the Netherlands.

 

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