Rose of Sharon
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Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus)
is considered the most common garden hibiscus,
and is native to most of the Asian continent. It is
also quite common in North America, which is where it
received its name.
A species of Rose of Sharon (Hypericum calycinum)
is actually the South Korean national flower, where
the Korean name for it means 'Immortal Flower'.
Growing to sizes between 2 and 4 meters tall, the Rose
of Sharon grows in a distinctive vase shape.
This flowering shrub is very strong, and branches survive
for a long time if cut from the plant and placed into
a water vase.
The flowers of the Rose of Sharon are edible, and are
commonly seen in colors ranging from white, purple and
pink. This plant is also known as the Rose of
Althea, and the Shrub Althea.
Modern uses of the Rose of Sharon name
The Rose of Sharon has Biblical origins, but in these
modern times the Rose of Sharon name is commonly applied
to two different plants.
- Hypericum calycinum: Native to parts of
Europe and Asia, this is a flowering evergreen shrub.
This is the plant commonly referred to as 'Rose of
Sharon' in Australian and British english.
- Hypericum calycinum: Native to eastern
Asia, this is a flowering deciduous shrub. Hypericum
calycinum is the plant referred to as 'Rose of Sharon'
in American english.
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