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
- ‘Hibiscus syriacus, aka althea and rose of Sharon, should be pruned in early spring just before the leaf buds begin to swell.’
- ‘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.’
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
- ‘Spring Bloomers - Azaleas, rhododendrons and rose of Sharon bushes make a great ‘background’ for hummingbird gardens.’
- ‘I first noticed the hardy shrub called rose of Sharon while traveling one midsummer across the southern plains.’
- ‘I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.’
- ‘Summer- and fall-blooming shrubs include such plants as abelia, beautyberry, butterfly bush, rose of Sharon, crepe myrtle and summersweet.’
- ‘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.’’
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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