Hypericum pulchrum

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaClusiaceaeHypericumHypericum pulchrum


A perennial herb of heaths and open woods on non-calcareous, fairly dry, sandy, peaty, or leached soils. Reproduction is by seed, and budding from the roots sometimes occurs. A dwarf form with prostrate to procumbent stems (var. procumbens) occurs in exposed habitats in N. and W. Scotland and in islands off W. Ireland. 0-820 m (Breadalbanes, Mid Perth).



World Distribution

Suboceanic Temperate element.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 6

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5

Reaction (Ellenberg): 4

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 3


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.5

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 14.3

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1148

Life form information

Height (cm): 60

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 2427

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 887

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 9

Atlas Change Index: -0.32

Weighted Changed Factor: -2

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

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