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Care of the plant Hypericum canariense or Canary Island hypericum.

Care of the shrub Hypericum canariense or Canary Island hypericum

The genus Hypericum, family Hypericaceae, includes some 400 species of herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees with a cosmopolitan distribution. Some species of the genus are: Hypericum canariense, Hypericum grandifoliumHypericum revolutumHypericum calycinum, Hypericum olympicum, Hypericum roeperianum, Hypericum polyphyllum, Hypericum elatum, Hypericum fragile, Hypericum balearicum, Hypericum x inodorum.

Common name: Canary Island hypericum, Canary Island St. Johnswort, Grenadillo. This species is native to the Canary Islands and Madeira.

They are highly branched shrubs with fragile stems that reach 3 meters (9.84 feet) in height. The narrow oval or linear-lanceolate leaves are deep green; in summer they can lose many leaves if they suffer intense drought but they sprout again. Small, scented golden-yellow flowers appear on branching inflorescences. They bloom in spring but can bloom for most of the year.

These easy-to-grow plants are used in rockeries, in bush groups, on slopes and as isolated specimens.

The Hypericum canariense grows in full sun and partial shade exposures and in a warm climate. It does not resist frost.

They grow in almost all types of soil that are well drained. You can use a normal well-drained garden soil with coarse sand to which a little organic matter will be added.

They are drought-resistant shrubs that need moderate watering, waiting for the substrate to dry completely.

Fertilize with a little compost at the end of winter.

They can be lightly pruned in late winter to maintain a compact habit.

They are plants resistant to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated by cuttings and from seeds sown in spring.

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Hypericum canariense
Hypericum canariense