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St Johns wort - Hypericum perforatum

The ancient Greeks believed that the scent of St. John’s wort could ward off evil spirits. These beliefs were sufficiently influential that Christians perceived it to be the symbol of St. John the Baptist as it often starts to bloom on July 24th ( St. John’s Day). The word wort, simply means ‘plant’ in old English. The species name perforatum comes from the watermarking of translucent dots than can be seen when the leaves are held up to the sun.

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