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Rose of Sharon (Hibiscus)

01/25/2022 11:16 PM | Carrie Windsor (Administrator)

Rose of sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) - native to Asia but commonly grown in the United States. It is a perennial plant. So once you find it, you will enjoy it year after year!

Relocating: It is best to not relocate during hot months. This can kill them. If you need to transplant, do it between November and March while they are dormant.

Cuttings: you can take cuttings to start your own Rose of Sharon. Take several cuttings from the new growth, about 4 inches long. Remove all but about 3 leaves from the top. Stick in a pot with soil-less mix. Don't use potting soil as it is not sterile. The roots will form and you will be able to move to its permanent location. You can also plant directly in the ground. It is best to do this in the Summer.

Edible parts:

Leaves- taste like lettuce. Great in salads and on sandwiches. Pick in Spring, Summer and Fall. Can be used to make tea as well.

Flowers- makes a great tea! Can also be used in cooking. They are mild tasting with a hint of nectar. Can add to salad for a mild flavor and lots of color. 

Unopened flower buds- makes a great veggie replacement. Eat raw or cook like you would Okra.

Medicinal uses: 

Lowers blood pressure

Contains Vitamin C

Contains anthocyanins which are antioxidants

Mucilaginous properties- mild laxative, mildly diuretic, used to heal burns, wounds, gastric ulcers and internal and external inflammation and irritation, such as sore throats or urinary tract infections.

Leaf: Alternate, simple, coarsely serrated and often three-lobed, ovate or diamond shaped, 2 to 3 inches long, palmately veined from the base, green above, slighter paler below.

Flower: 5-petaled, ranging from white to reddish-purple depending on cultivar, 3 to 4 inches across, perfect, blooms most of the summer as long as the plant is actively growing.

Fruit: Ovate, pointed, brown, dry capsule, 3/4 inch long and wide, ripening in late summer and fall, persistent.

Twig: Moderate, light gray-brown to brown, raised leaf scar, hairy stipules may be present, buds small and not evident.

Bark: Fairly smooth with brown and gray striping.

Form: Small tree or upright shrub up to 10 feet in height, pyramidal crown.

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