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Rose of Sharon
Malvaceae
Hibiscus syriacus


Thunder
Thunder
Flower Petal # 5
Main Color    
Color 2    
Type Categories Useful Parts

Shrub




Malvaceae Family

Hibiscus Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Althaea


Location

Native to India and East Asia

Physical Description
Rose of Sharon bushes can get 8'-10' tall and have a spread of 4'-6'. Blooms on Rose of Sharon can be white, red, lavender, or light blue; some have double blooms. Most Rose of Sharon bushes bear small, deeply lobed, light green leaves (may vary according to cultivar).
A long blooming deciduous shrub, getting 6-10 ft (2-3 m) tall and about half as wide. Its distinctive shiny dark green leaves are arranged alternately on the stems. They have three deep lobes, and are toothed along the margins. The flowers may be single or double and come in white, blues, purples, and pinks. Some have a pronounced crimson base. The flowers are usually about 3 in (7.5 cm) across and flared, like most hibiscus or mallow flowers




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Malvaceae
Malvales
Malvales
Order of Mallows
Eumalvids
Real Mallows
Malvidae
Mallow Class
Eurosids
Real Rose Class
Rosids
Rosids
Rose-Like Class
Core Eudicots
Core Eudicots
Main, Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Eudicots
Eudicots
Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Mesangiospermae
Mesangiospermae
Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliophyta
Magnolia Division
Spermatophytes
Spermatophytes
Seed Plants
Euphyllophytina
Real Land Plants
Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
Stomatophytes
Stomatophytes
Air Pores Sub-Kingdom
Embryophytes
Embryophytes
Multicellular Land Plants
Streptobionta
Streptobionta
Multicellular Plants
Plantae
Plantae
Plants
Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

Rose of Sharon was first introduced into North America before 1600.

Medicinal Uses: The leaves are diuretic, expectorant and stomachic. A decoction of the flowers is diuretic, ophthalmic and stomachic. It is also used in the treatment of itch and other skin diseases, dizziness and bloody stools accompanied by much gas. A decoction of the root bark is antiphlogistic, demulcent, emollient, febrifuge, haemostatic and vermifuge. It is used in the treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, abdominal pain, leucorrhoea, dysmenorrhoea and dermaphytosis

Food Uses: Young leaves - raw or cooked. A very mild flavor, though slightly on the tough side, they make an acceptable addition to the salad bowl. A tea is made from the leaves or the flowers. Flowers - raw or cooked. A mild flavor and mucilaginous texture, they are delightful in salads, both for looking at and for eating. Root - it is edible but very fibrous. Mucilaginous, without very much flavor

Other Notes: A hair shampoo is made from the leaves

A blue dye is obtained from the flowers.

It is the national flower of Korea. . The flower appears in national emblems, and Korea is compared poetically to the flower in the South Korean national anthem. The flower's name in Korean is mugunghwa. The flower's symbolic significance stems from the Korean word mugung, meaning "immortality".

In the late fifth century B.C. the three independent cities of the island of Rhodes, Lindos, Kamiros and Ialysos, united and founded a new capital city, also named Rhodes. The coins of the new capital depicted the island's main deity, the sun god Helios, on the obverse and a rose on the reverse. The coins of Rhodes had an interesting life in the Middle Ages. It was thought that the head of Helios was the head of Christ, that the rose was the rose of Sharon, and that the coins were the thirty pieces of silver paid to Judas



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