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Hypericum perforatum

Hypericum perforatum

Afrikaans:

English :   St John’s wart

IsiXhosa:


Description and diagnostic features   

   It is  a perennial crawling plant most of the year but shoots up to flower  just before midsummer.


Part used     

    Flowers ans soft leaves.


Uses                

    It is used to oil around the eyes and improve eyesight.

    It is used to treat hurt nerves as in bruised nerves.

    It is also popular for rubbing out pains in the limbs.

Warning     

   It makes the skin and eyes light sensitive.

    It also blocks 75% of adhesion sites for drugs on the cell walls.


Habitat             


Propagation    

    It grows  from seed and spreads along the roads in the Western Cape.