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Rose of Sharon

Rose of Sharon

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Species: Hibiscus syriacus

History: Rose of Sharon (aka Common Hibiscus) is native to southern China but has since spread to much of the world as an ornamental plant. It has long been significant in Korea where it is the national flower and is even mentioned in the national anthem. It spread to Europe by the 1600s and was a common ornamental plant in England and North American colonies in the 1700s. It is most commonly referred to as 'Rose of Sharon' in North America.

Why We Grow It: It is hard not to admire the large, showy blooms of Rose of Sharon which are also attractive to pollinators. The plant isn't just pretty, it is also edible! The leaves can be eaten along with the blossoms which are said to have a nutty flavour.

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 5

Soil Preference: Prefers rich loam but adaptable to different soils

Growth Habits: Shrub reaches 2-4m tall, tends to have an upright and vase-shaped growth habit

Sun/Shade: Partial shade tolerance (approx. 6-8 hours of sun daily)

Flowering Time: July to August

Bloom Colour: Pink

Recommended Use: Fresh eating (flowers and leaves), tea, ornamental, pollinator plant

Height above soil line: 

  • 15-30cm
  • 30cm+
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