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Hypericum bellum is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of materials..
E. Asia - China to the Himalayas.
Scrub on open hillsides[
]. Forest glades[
]. Open forest, forest edges, thickets and grassy slopes at elevains of 1900 - 3200 metres in the western Himalayas[
Easily grown in any reasonably good well-drained but moisture retentive soil[
]. Succeeds in sun or semi-shade but flowers better in a sunny position[
]. Tolerates chalk.
A very ornamental plant[
], it is hardy to about -10°c[
Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[
Febrifuge, vermifuge. Also used in the treatment of hepatitis, colds, dysentery and dermatitis[
A good ground cover[
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 3 months at 10°c. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood 10 - 12 cm with a heel, mid summer in a frame. Plant out in the following spring[
Careful division of old suckering shrubs in the dormant season.