Herb: Tutsan

Latin name: Hypericum androsaemum

Family: Hypericaceae (St. John's Wort Family)

Medicinal use of Tutsan:

The leaves are diuretic, stomachic and vulnerary. They have antiseptic properties and have been used to cover open wounds.

Description of the plant:


100 cm
(3 1/4 foot)

June to


Habitat of the herb:

Damp woods and hedges.

Other uses of Tutsan:

A good ground cover plant. Although it is clump forming rather than spreading it increases freely by self-sowing. Plants are best spaced about 90cm apart each way.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. The seed usually germinates in 1 - 3 months at 10C. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood 10 - 12 cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Plant out in the following spring Careful division of old suckering shrubs in the dormant season.

Cultivation of Tutsan:

Damp woods and hedges.

Known hazards of Hypericum androsaemum:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.