Missing a Petal

The bushy stamens of the Common St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) are what really struck me as I walked past this flower.  It’s quite tall but it looks like it has suffered a bit from the recent rain.  It’s actually a 5-petal flower but the photo catches a rather dishevelled bloom.

It’s also known as Tipton’s weed or chase-devil.  It’s an anti-depressant that you can buy, although it can poison cattle who ingest too much of it.  The word wort was used to denote plants with medicinal qualities.

Common St. John’s Wort

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