A flower of international recognition due to its all year long availability, the Hypericum represents a member of the Clusiaceae family and its genus includes many species, their number being somewhere close to 400.
Originating from the Asian continent, especially from the Himalayan region, the Hypericum is a perrenial or annual plant of different sizes, each type being different. Usually the smallest specie can reach up to 12 to 15 cm, while others can top even 12 meters in height, being considered small trees. The flowers produced by the Hypericum are simple, yet elegant in appearance, making of this plant a delicate and exquisite plant. The colors on which the Hypericum occurs are usually yellow-based and might even reach shades of orange or extremely pale yellow. The exotic nature of this flower is shown through the vividness of its color and the delicacy of its shape. What botanists would call “a classic”, the Hypericum is massly distributed internationally and it enjoys a great deal of popularity, being the star at every wedding or other special event.
The flower is also know to produce small fruit that spreads seeds, a fruit contained in the middle of the 4-5 petals of the Hypericum. The main purpose of this flower is the decorative one, and many people have started to cultivate different species of the Hypericum in their own gardens. Sometimes occurring on pastures or need farmlands, these flowers can cause damages to the soil at times, because of their insatiable power of absorption. Another important aspect is that the Hypericum is pollinated by moths and other insects and also, used for food by the caterpillars.
Amongst the generally accepted usages of this plant is the medicinal purpose. The plant has been researched to treat depressions, psychotic diseases and other minor affections of the body. The administration of the Hypericum is orally and it usually involves tea or substance extraction. Hypericum perforatum is the best known and most utilized specie belonging to the Hypericum genus and although there is some documentation regarding the benefits of this plant, scientist are not quite ready to introduce it as a reliant medicine used in the treatment of the patients. It is absolutely forbidden to use the Hypericum when pregnant or suffering from HIV, but Hypericum’s benefits in treating homeopathy has being acknowledged.
Another popular usage of the Hyperion is for its berries, and the level of popularity reached by this plant is nowadays indisputable. Sought by florists and customers, the flower manages to bring joy to any decorative floral arrangement.
The life resistance of a cut Hyperion flower is impressive for such a delicate flower and with such thin petals. A cut Hyperion can last up to 7 days in a vase, but if you want it to last longer you can recur to a small dosage of aspirin put in its water, which can save up to 3 days of its life duration.
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