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Hypericum calycinum 'Brigadoon' (Aaron's beard)

Hypericum calycinum 'Brigadoon'

Aaron's beard or St. John's wort

A bright new foliage color for shady sites! Golden yellow, oval leaves with reddish edges support 2" gold flowers with pincushion-like center clustered stamens in late spring and early summer. You will hardly notice the flowers in the sea of gold foliage. This plant is most content in cooler areas away from drying winter winds, although once established it is quite tough.

RE: Sun exposure - we have had success with this plant in full sun when the soil is kept moist but, not sopping. It can wither or burn in direct exposure to the hot afternoon sun. The sweet spot for H. calycinum 'Brigadoon' is either dappled light throughout the day or if full sun exposure, it has just a few straight hours in the morning. The golden foliage thrives best when those are light conditions are observed and when the soil is kept evenly moist. It's hardier parent H. calycinum can take full sun exposure including afternoon sun. 

Hypericum calycinum ' Brigadoon' - 72 per flat $46.80
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15-18 Inches


24 Inches

Bloom Color

Golden Yellow

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-7

Aaron's beard Interesting Notes

Hypericum translates as "above a picture", referring to the fact that in ancient cultures, cuttings from members of the genus were hung above pictures to ward off evil spirits. The calycinum species translates as "with a conspicuous calyx", referring to the portion of the corolla structure that lies beneath the yellow petals. (

Hypericum calycinum 'Brigadoon' Growing and Maintenance Tips

In our experience, 'Brigadoon' performs best in rich, moist soils and partial shade, and may burn in the full summer sun of zone 7. 'Brigadoon' is stoloniferous and may be propagated by seed, division or terminal cuttings. Prune old wood in late winter to promote new flush of leaf color. Easy to grow and low maintenance. Best used as a groundcover or in mass plantings.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Part Sun
Part Sun

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Late Summer
Propagation Type
Moist Shade