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Beloved Around the World: the Hibiscus

By SongofJoy
September 3, 2015

Love for hibiscuses extends literally around the world. There are several hundred species in this large genus of flowering annuals and perennials. Here we'll focus on three main flower types, three species, and their distinctive characteristics.

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Name: Shannon
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Shannon
Apr 8, 2012 7:32 PM CST
Great Article...I have a couple of the white with the red eye hardy plants..While I think the tropicals are Beautiful
I really like the hardy ones. I want to get some more other colors of the hardy ones.
I also have two Rose of Sharon's But, We call them Irish Roses in our family

Beautiful pictures... Thumbs up

Thanks alot for the info I tip my hat to you.
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SongofJoy
Apr 9, 2012 2:25 AM CST
Thanks, Shannon. I've never heard them called that. Is that something Irish or a family tradition? Love those "Irish Roses". Smiling
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Name: Shannon
Burkeville,Va (Zone 7a)
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Shannon
Apr 9, 2012 7:07 PM CST
Not sure ..But,I never knew them by any other name then Irish Rose , Until Home Depot LOL
I have two both double bloomers Lovey dubby
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SongofJoy
Apr 10, 2012 2:04 AM CST
And now I have learned a new name for them. Smiling
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Sharon
May 5, 2012 9:11 PM CST
This has been driving me crazy for about a month now.

I could remember a plant that we used to call 'Irish Rose', but couldn't remember what it was. It looked like a Rose of Sharon but not quite. The leaves were different. And the bloom was smaller. So I thought and searched and thought, and finally realized it wasn't a hibiscus at all, it really was an old old rose.

So then that started the search over again and I found what I was looking for. Actually it's called several things depending on where you look, but it's also called Irish Rose. We don't have a picture of it in ATP database, but we do have its name.
So I went to Wiki and other sources since it's an historic plant.

Two of them: Rosa pimpinellifolia which I found here: http://www.helpmefind.com/rose/pl.php?n=41547

And

Rosa spinosissima which I found here and notice it's called Irish Rose in the title on this page:
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/81623/

And again the same one, an Irish wildflower but called here Burnet Rose:
http://www.wildflowersofireland.net/plant_detail.php?id_flow...

So yes, I know the Irish Rose, though I haven't seen one in a long time and it does resemble the Rose of Sharon, but it is of the rose family. Not a lot of difference in the blooms, I think, but the Irish Rose we had was white. Usually my ROS blooms in whites, pinks and lavenders.

Anyway, it was one of those things that sort of faded from my memory, but we had both, the Rose of Sharon and the Irish Rose. I just forgot for awhile. Thanks for reminding me, Shannon. I love when I catch hold of a memory and track it down again. Smiling

It doesn't matter what we call them, they are both very pretty and very similar and have quite a history.
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SongofJoy
May 6, 2012 8:15 AM CST
Good info. Thanks for adding it, Sharon. Those regional and common names can be so confusing at times. One picture really can be worth a thousand words.
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Sharon
May 6, 2012 8:23 AM CST
Sometimes, except for the leaves and maybe the bloom size, it's hard to tell the difference between those older plants, like the hibiscus and the wild rose.

You're welcome, Tee. I'm glad I figured it out too. I can file it away now and quit thinking about it.
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SongofJoy
May 6, 2012 8:38 AM CST
I wonder which Shannon has?
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Sharon
May 6, 2012 8:54 AM CST
We'd have to see pictures to know.

The two I mentioned above (both Rosa) are the only two that had 'Irish' associated with the common name and I've been searching for weeks. I never could find it associated with any of the hibiscus. But I do remember Irish Rose and now I finally remember that bloom. It's similar to ROS, but not the same. I'd like to see them somewhere together again. Seems to me that the Irish Rose doesn't get as big nor as 'treelike' as the ROS; I didn't search for those characteristics and I don't remember.
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SongofJoy
May 6, 2012 9:49 AM CST
Yes, we would.

I don't know as I've seen it associated with any of the Hibiscuses either. Rosa-sinensis means 'rose of China' or 'China rose', of course.

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched -- they must be felt with the heart. ~ Helen Keller
Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
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Sharon
May 6, 2012 10:13 AM CST
In one of those links it mentioned that they don't know the parentage of either of the two 'roses' listed above. But they can trace it to 1755 in Europe with specific links to Scotland. Scot's Rose or Scotch Rose, they use both names as well as others.

I really have to be careful or I'll get into the history of plants like this and never pull away from it.
At least I've solved for myself the mystery between the Irish Rose and the ROS hibiscus.
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SongofJoy
May 6, 2012 11:14 AM CST
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