The Main Plant entry for Roses of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus)

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Common names:
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Hibiscus syriacus
Hibiscus syriacus var. brevibracteatus
Hibiscus syriacus var. longibracteatus
Hibiscus sinosyriacus

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Cuttings: Cane
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

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Location: My GardensDate: July 8, 2010Closer Look At Bloom Habit
By TBGDN
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Location: My GardensDate: July 17, 2008Close Up View
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Location: My garden, Pequea, PA 17565Date: August 30, 2015Hibiscus syriacus with profuse five-inch wide pink flowers
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Location: Western KentuckyDate: September 2011Fall blooms
By Sharon
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Location: My GardensDate: July 8, 2010Always Loaded With Blossoms
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Location: My garden, Pequea, PA 17565Date: August 30, 2015Hibiscus syriacus violet seedling #1
By csandt
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Location: My GardensDate: July 8, 2010Close Up View
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2010-07-09Passed along from my great-grandmother's garden.
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2006-08-10
By Joy
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Location: My gardenDate: 2018-09-04
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Location: Western KentuckyDate: September 2011Pink and white blooms occur on the same bush.
By Sharon
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2010-07-12Another of  great-grandmother's fertile lovelies.
By chelle
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Location: z6a MA, my gardenDate: 2015-07-28Time to cut this back again.
By eclayne
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-08-30
By jmorth
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Location: My GardensDate: August 30, 2015Bloom Of A Small Seedling
By TBGDN
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Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9bDate: 2017-03-11
By sunkissed
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Location: z5 MA, my gardenDate: 2011-07-26Cut back to 6' in '09 it's now 10'+ again. PROLIFIC self seeder.
By eclayne
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Date: 2015-08-07
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Location: Jefferson County, TexasDate: August 16, 2015
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Date: 2015-09-02
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Location: My garden, Pequea, Pennsylvania, USADate: 2018-08-21Seedling of Lucy
By csandt
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Location: My gardenDate: 2018-08-27
By piksihk
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2010-07-12
By chelle
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Date: 2015-08-04
By linjarvis
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Location: Jefferson County, TexasDate: August 16, 2015
By Horntoad
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Location: 382 River Road, Pequea, PA 17565Date: August 24, 2015Hibiscus syriacus with five-inch pink flowers
By csandt
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-08-30
By jmorth
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Location: Terrell garden Date: 2017-10-13
By piksihk
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Location: My gardenDate: 2018-08-27
By piksihk
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Location: My Property Sunset Zone 23 Sub-Tropical Southern CaliforniaDate: 2011-07-12
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Location: In my zone 8 gardenDate: 2013-07-15
By sarahbugw
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Location: WisconsinDate: 2013 - July
By petruske
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Date: 2015-07-19NOID
By SongofJoy
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Location: Jefferson County, TexasDate: September 6, 2015
By Horntoad
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Location: Beautiful Tennessee, my gardenDate: 2017-12-11
By chickhill
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Location: MassachusettsDate: 2017-08-01
By gbosco
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Location: Savannah, Georgia (my garden)Date: 2018 July 13Grown from seed; parent plant was a double lavender.
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Location: My garden, Pequea, Pennsylvania, USADate: 2018-08-10
By csandt
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Location: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada - near Lake Ontario, zone 6aDate: 2009-08-03
By tinpins
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Location: WisconsinDate: 2013 - July
By petruske
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Date: 2015-08-07
By Paul2032
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Date: 2015-08-07
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Location: Jefferson County, TexasDate: August 16, 2015
By Horntoad
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-08-30
By jmorth
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Date: 2016-07-27
By Fleur569
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Location: My garden, Pequea, Pennsylvania 17565Date: 2017-09-14
By csandt
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Location: TexasHibiscus Syriacus
By okus
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Location: Lake Bluff, IlDate: 2012-06-02
By Fran
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Location: Lake Bluff, IlDate: 2012-06-02
By Fran
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-09-25
By jmorth
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-10-29
By jmorth
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Location: Delray beach, flDate: 2016-07-25
By JenA31
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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 1, 2014 9:31 PM

Hibiscus syriacus is a larval host plant for the Grey Hairstreak Butterfly.

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Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Sep 30, 2011 10:17 PM

This plant is an old one and was started from seed from a plant that grew in the mountains of southeast Kentucky. Here in western Kentucky, zone 6b/7a, I find it to be quite the spreader. It is not native to the US, so when combined with its invasive tendencies, it might not be very popular. But in its defense, it grows and blooms in areas and at times when nothing else will grow or bloom. We have hot dry summers and quite often by September our blooms have ended. This Rose of Sharon is just getting started by then. It will continue to bloom until November.

It will also grow with little to no care in soil that is rocky and sparse. Bumble bees love it.

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 23, 2013 12:15 AM

"H. syriacus is a hardy deciduous shrub. It is upright and vase-shaped, reaching 7–13 feet in height, bearing large trumpet-shaped dark pink flowers with prominent yellow-tipped white stamens. Individual flowers are short-lived, lasting only a day. However, numerous buds are produced on the shrub's new growth, which provides prolific flowering over a long summer blooming period. Shoots make interesting indoor vase cuttings, as they stay green for a long time. In the vase some new flowers may open from the more mature buds. The species has naturalized very well in many suburban areas, and might even be termed slightly invasive, so frequently does it seed around. The flower language is delicate beauty.

Though it has no autumn color and can be stiff and ungainly if badly pruned, H. syriacus remains a popular ornamental shrub today, with many cultivars.

Cultivars of H. syriacus are widely planted in areas with hot summers for their very attractive white, pink, red, lavender, or purple large and edible flowers.

Hibiscus syriacus is fairly easily propagated from either seeds, with variable results, or by layering or cuttings, cloning the original."

Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H...

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Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Sep 17, 2016 11:36 PM

National flower of South Korea.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Althea (Hibiscus syriacus) by virginiarose Jan 11, 2012 4:38 PM 8
What a gorgeous flower! by purpleinopp Jul 28, 2015 1:05 PM 2
Looks like rose of Sharon, Hibiscus Syriacus by purpleinopp Mar 18, 2016 1:02 PM 2
Are you certain about the identity? by plantladylin Sep 19, 2018 8:48 AM 0
Are you certain about the identity? by plantladylin Sep 19, 2018 6:20 PM 3
ID for a rose of sharon by Frillylily Sep 21, 2018 2:17 AM 7
Identify this flower by Used2demonize Aug 25, 2018 4:46 PM 3
Flowering weed? by Pleinhauser Aug 20, 2018 2:30 PM 10
bushes for the front of the house by random_bunny75 Aug 20, 2018 8:49 PM 30
The time has come, the time is now... by frankrichards16 Oct 1, 2018 10:46 PM 9
what variety is this please by Frillylily Jul 18, 2018 10:16 AM 3
Flower ID by Crawford223 Jul 16, 2018 6:48 AM 6
Rose of Sharon, yes but which one? by Tewhano Jun 25, 2018 12:00 PM 5
Rose of Sharon from seed by greene Jun 18, 2018 3:34 PM 0

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