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rose of Sharon

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

First recorded in 1605–15
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British Dictionary definitions for rose of sharon

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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