One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A yellow-flowered plant of a genus that includes the St. John's worts and rose of Sharon.
Genus Hypericum, family Guttiferae
- ‘Attach clusters of hypericum sprigs to a wire wreath form by overlapping them and wrapping them with waxed florist's twine.’
- ‘Pale orange roses share a julep cup with dusty miller, green hypericum berries, and yellow leucadendron knob flowers.’
- ‘Delicate rosebuds bundled with sprigs of rosemary and hypericum berries update the Old World charm of a classic goose-feather tree.’
- ‘And most grocery-store floral departments stock seasonal fillers-pine, hypericum berries, and variegated holly - starting in early December.’
- ‘Twenty five years on, the crevices between rocks are filled with cushions of saxifrages, tiny yellow Potentilla cuneata, ferns and hypericums.’
Latin, from Greek hupereikon, from huper ‘over, above’ + ereikē ‘heath’.
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