Growing and using St. John’s Wort on your homestead – the benefits, uses and precautions of this amazing herb. St. John’s wort is native to Europe and is often considered a weed in many area. Far from a pernicious weed, this herb has many benefits and is worth a considering for your homestead herb garden.
Growing and Using St. John’s Wort – In the Garden
St. John’s Wort, also called Hypericum perforatum is a perennial that grows well in full sun or partial shade. St. John’s Wort needs a rich soil to thrive; though you’ll find it grows very well and can quickly take over and area if not contained. You do not want this growing in an area where your pets or livestock has access to it. St. John’s Wort can be toxic to animals so plant with caution and a plan to contain it.
You can start your St. John’s Wort from seeds or stem cuttings. Consider growing your St. John’s Wort in a container so that you can control its growth. You should know that a few states do not allow the plant to be grown and reputable seed companies will not ship there (California, Colorado, Montana, South Dakota or Washington). …