One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A shrub of the mallow family, with rose, lavender, or white flowers.
Hibiscus syriacus, family Malvaceae
- ‘Many books suggest using rose of Sharon in a shrub border rather than as a specimen plant in the yard, but I've noticed that those grown alone develop a much better shape than those crammed in a shrub border.’
- ‘Hibiscus syriacus, aka althea and rose of Sharon, should be pruned in early spring just before the leaf buds begin to swell.’
2A St. John's wort with dense foliage and large golden-yellow flowers, native to southeastern Europe and Asia Minor and widely cultivated for ground cover.
Hypericum calycinum, family GuttiferaeAlso called Aaron's beard
- ‘I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.’
- ‘Spring Bloomers - Azaleas, rhododendrons and rose of Sharon bushes make a great ‘background’ for hummingbird gardens.’
- ‘She extracts subjects from the text - pomegranates, the rose of Sharon, the ‘lily among thorns ‘- and paints each with a deliberateness that bridges the familiar and the sacred, the tangible and the mysterious.’’
- ‘Summer- and fall-blooming shrubs include such plants as abelia, beautyberry, butterfly bush, rose of Sharon, crepe myrtle and summersweet.’
- ‘I first noticed the hardy shrub called rose of Sharon while traveling one midsummer across the southern plains.’
3(in biblical use) a flowering plant of unknown identity.
- ‘You are the rose of Sharon, the fairest of the fair.’
rose of Sharon/ˌrōz əv ˈSHerən/
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