St. John’s wort is known by the scientific name Hypericum perforatum L. and is a member of the Hypericaceae family. The plant is listed as a noxious weed in nine U.S. states and is considered a livestock-poisoning plant, but its extract is sold as an herbal supplement for depression and not currently regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Research on the plant is relatively unknown. Facts about St. John’s Wort Hypericum plants are native to Northern Africa, parts of Asia, and Europe. The plant has been naturalized to Japan, Australia, South America, the West Indies, and parts of
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