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A florist's guide to hypericum

Written by Rona Wheeldon
September 28, 2018

Adding a wonderful accent to many different styles of floral designs is hypericum, with berries in varying colours.

New Covent Garden Flower Market September 2018 A Florists Guide To Hypericum Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Hypericum Coco Tango At J H Hart

Sure to add an autumnal vibe to arrangements is this deep red variety called Coco Tango. Read on to discover more about this failsafe filler... 

Background

From the Hypericaceae family, hypericum possibly derives its name from the Greek words 'hyper' (above) and 'eikon' (picture), as it was once hung above pictures in the home during St John's Day to ward off evil spirits. Hence its common name of St John's Wort. 

Cut hypericum start out as bright yellow, star-shaped flowers in midsummer and the berries only develop after the blooms fade away in late summer. 

The smooth, shiny berries, clustered on woody stems, come in an array of different colours from brown, green, white and ivory to red, pink, coral and peach. Romance and Coco are two recognised series of the plant and Coco Uno, a bright white variety, tends to be the most sought after. Look out for some of the new varieties with bigger berries, which have recently started to appear at the Flower Market. And the leaves? Well, in fact, some of them have a slightly spicy scent! 

With a good vase life, hypericum is more or less available all year round and you'll find it in wraps of either 10 or 25 stems. 

Types

Hypericum androsaemum Cool Romance

New Covent Garden Flower Market November 2017 Product Profile Report Hypericum Androsaemum Cool Romance At Zest Flowers

Hypericum Coco Uno

New Covent Garden Flower Market September 2018 A Florists Guide To Hypericum Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Hypericum Coco Uno At Deanos Flowers

Hypericum androsaemum Ivory Flair

New Covent Garden Flower Market September 2018 A Florists Guide To Hypericum Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Hypericum Androsaemum Ivory Flair At A Goodchild

Hypericum Coco Casino

New Covent Garden Flower Market September 2018 A Florists Guide To Hypericum Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Hypericum Coco Casino At Bloomfield

 Hypericum inodorum Magical Pink Giant

New Covent Garden Flower Market November 2017 Product Profile Report Hypericum Inodorum Magical Pink Giant At Zest Flowers

Hypericum Coco Lipstick

New Covent Garden Flower Market September 2018 A Florists Guide To Hypericum Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Hypericum Coco Lipstick At Dennis Edwards Flowers

Hypericum androsaemum Sweet Romance

New Covent Garden Flower Market November 2017 Product Profile Report Hypericum Androsaemum Sweet Romance At Zest Flowers

Hypericum androsaemum Tomato Flair

New Covent Garden Flower Market November 2017 Product Profile Report Hypericum Androsaemum Tomato Flair At Floral Garden Group

Hypericum Coco Tango 

New Covent Garden Flower Market September 2018 A Florists Guide To Hypericum Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Hypericum Coco Tango At J H Hart

Hypericum Coco Grando 

New Covent Garden Flower Market November 2017 Product Profile Report Hypericum True Romance At Zest Flowers Hypericum Coco Grando At Bloomfield

Hypericum androsaemum True Romance

New Covent Garden Flower Market September 2018 A Florists Guide To Hypericum Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Hypericum Androsaemum True Romance At Dennis Edwards Flowers

Hypericum Coco Bamboo

New Covent Garden Flower Market September 2018 A Florists Guide To Hypericum Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Hypericum Coco Bamboo At Zest Flowers

Hypericum inodorum Magical Green Power

New Covent Garden Flower Market November 2017 Product Profile Report Hypericum Inodorum Magical Green Power At Bloomfield

Hypericum androsaemum Selva Romance

New Covent Garden Flower Market September 2018 A Florists Guide To Hypericum Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Hypericum Androsaemum Selva Romance At Dennis Edwards Flowers

Other varieties which are sometimes available at Nine Elms include Magical Pink Fall (pink) and Magical Passion (red).

Design Inspiration

Use hypericum to add interest and texture to hand-tied bouquets, vase arrangements, napkin decorations, pew ends, buttonholes, corsages, chairbacks and candelabra designs. Perhaps choose the red and brown varieties for autumnal designs and use the white, ivory and lime green to add freshness to a spring arrangement. 

Here are some examples of beautiful floral creations featuring hypericum...

(Source: Petal to the Metal)

(Source: Wild at Heart)

(Source: Wild About)

(Source: Paul Thomas Flowers)

(Source: Joanne Truby Floral Design)

(Source: Bloom + Burn)

(Source: Mary Jane Vaughan)

(Source: McQueens)

Your Photos

(Source: Magnolia the Florist)

We'd love to see photos of arrangements that you've made using hypericum from the Flower Market. Simply send an email to hello@cgma.co.uk, stating your company name and website address. Or if you prefer, you could post your photo on Instagram or Twitter and tag us with @MarketFlowers. We'll then upload your photos into this section. 

I hope you've enjoyed reading this month's florist's guide. Please do ask away below if you have any questions or would like to make any general comments. As always, we'd love to hear from you...

P.S. If you're looking for alternative berries to add to a design, check out last autumn's A florist's guide to rose hips, berries and seed heads

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