First Editions Pumpkin St. John’s Wort (Hypericum inodorum ‘Kolmapuki’)

First Editions Pumpkin St. John's Wort

Florist-quality berries and sunshine-like blooms! You may have seen Hypericum berries before. Those lovely red, deep pink or bright orange berries come in flower arrangements you buy at the store. They last for weeks in the vase and add that extra little ‘something special’ to the display. Well, now you can grow your own at home for your own flower arrangements to make them look as pretty as the professionals!

First Editions® Pumpkin St. John’s Wort (Hypericum inodorum ‘Kolmapuki’) is a relatively new introduction from First Editions® plants, and it is a standout! As opposed to traditional red, pink, or deep orange, Pumpkin has glowing orange-pink berries. The color looks great with almost any other flower color in your vases or garden.

But the berries are only a slice of the beauty this shrub displays! Pumpkin is covered with pretty yellow flowers in the spring and beautiful rich green foliage all summer. The great berries show up in fall, just in time for holiday decorating. Part of the St. John’s Wort family, different parts of the plant have been used for medicinal purposes! While we don’t recommend using landscaping Hypercum medicinally, just the sunny blooms and the sheer amount of bees, and native pollinators that arrive are sure to lift your spirits!

This plant is a tough native cultivar given the right soil conditions – which range from loamy to sandy and everything in between! St. John’s Wort makes itself right at home, even spreading out a little to form small colonies! Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 5 to 9 and grows into a tidy 2-3 feet in height and width at maturity.

Planting and Application:

A must-have in the cut flower garden! These lovelies are well-known and every florist is familiar with the botanical name ‘Hypericum’. Those unique seed pods that appear in fall are glossy orange-pink and so cool to use in fashionable floral bouquets! Or, leave them to their own devices in the landscape for wonderful winter interest!

Once the flowers are gone the fluffy foliage softens and cools borders, beds, or living groundcover and flowering mulch! This spreading and politely suckering shrub is fantastic for erosion control, on steep slopes, and en masse. Need to fill an area with sunshine? Plant a few St. John’s Wort and sit back and relax for the rest of the summer!

Sunny and easy to care for, these accent shrubs look great anywhere! If you have a wooded edge (or want to get the look of one) St. John’s Wort fits right in. Hypericum bridges the transition between the yard and the woods, taming the wildness and filling an area with little rays of sunshine! Don’t worry about those out-of-the-way areas attracting deer, those uninvited guests will usually leave this plant alone!

  • Bright-Yellow Flowers With Little Golden Sparks!
  • Small Dense Shrub With Green Foliage
  • Winter Interest & Gorgeous Orange-Pink Berries
  • Butterfly & Bee-Friendly & Floral Design
  • Spreading & Naturalizing, Accents, Beds & Borders & Specimen Plants

Tips for Care:

St. John’s Worts thrives in the southeast without any care at all. In other parts of the country, it may be a deciduous shrub during winter or even die back to the ground in harsh winters, but it will come back strong and true each spring. Loving the full sun, Hypericum doesn’t have much preference for soil type, they do prefer rich, sandy loams. Just be sure to provide well-drained soils since St. John’s Wort cannot tolerate wet feet!

A generous layer of mulch retains moisture and insulates the root system from heat and winter’s chill. St. John’s Wort blooms on new wood, so prune while dormant to control the size and shape however, these really do their best in locations where they’re allowed to be themselves.

  • Full Sun
  • Vigorous Growing Deciduous Flowering Shrub
  • Needs Well-Drained Soil & Moderate Moisture Needs
  • Cold-Hardy, Deer Resistant & Drought Tolerance!
  • Prune When Dormant

This fantastic Hypericum has four season of color! This is a great shrub that makes a great hedge or showpiece.

First Editions Pumpkin St. John’s Wort (Hypericum inodorum ‘Kolmapuki’) Details

Common name First Editions Pumpkin St. John's Wort
Botanical name Hypericum inodorum 'Kolmapuki'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 5-9
Growth rate Medium
Height 2 - 3 ft.
Width 2 - 3 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Widely Adaptable
Soil condition Well-Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time When Dormant
Flower color Yellow