rose sharon

rose of Sharon

Also called althea. a widely cultivated shrub or small tree, Hibiscus syriacus, of the mallow family, having showy white, reddish or purplish flowers.
Also called Aaron's-beard. a St.-John's-wort, Hypericum calycinum, having evergreen foliage and showy yellow flowers.
a plant mentioned in the Bible. Song of Solomon 2:1.

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rose of Sharon
1.  Also called: Aaron's beard a creeping shrub, Hypericum calycinum, native to SE Europe but widely cultivated, having large yellow flowers: family Hypericaceae
2.  Also called: althaea a Syrian malvaceous shrub, Hibiscus syriacus (or Althaea frutex), cultivated for its red or purplish flowers

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