Rose Of Sharon: What's in a Name, Anyway: What's in a name, indeed?

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Rose Of Sharon:  What's in a Name, Anyway

By Sharon
August 30, 2015

A rose is a rose unless it's a Rose of Sharon, and then it's a hibiscus. Some say it's the name of a crocus and others swear it's the name of a tulip and then there's some confusion with the lily of the valley. Poor plant, most likely it lives in a state of constant identity crisis, never knowing on which side of the garden it should grow.

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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Aug 29, 2015 6:22 PM CST

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I was born and raised in Korea, where Hibiscus syriacus is the national flower, so I've always called it Mugunghwa. Smiling
Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Aug 29, 2015 6:26 PM CST
I should have known that, I would have added it to the article.
Maybe I will anyway!
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Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Aug 29, 2015 6:51 PM CST
And so now it is, Zuzu! Just like magic, thanks to you we know one more name for the Rose of Sharon. Green Grin!
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Name: Critter (Jill)
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critterologist
Aug 30, 2015 8:17 PM CST
I've got more seedlings than I can shake a stick at, but "thuggish" or not, I love my ROS shrubs! I've been moving some toddler-age saplings to the far edge of my little treeline, now that we'll soon have neighbors behind us. They'll provide some quick screening (construction really did a number on the trees) as well as some pretty blooms.
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Aug 30, 2015 10:46 PM CST
Wonderful article and very interesting. I am now better educated about ROS.
Thanks! I just might have to have one now. Smiling

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