The Tortoise Club

Plant Name:

St. Johns Wort

Latin Name:

Hypericum sp.

Plant Type:



Hypericum perforatum, commonly known as St John’s wort, is a flowering plant in the family Hypericaceae. It is a perennial plant that grows up to one meter tall, with many yellow flowers that have clearly visible black glands around their edges, long stamens, and three pistils. This plant contains hypericin, which can cause adverse reactions in humans and should not be fed to tortoises.