This article, titled Rose of Sharon Plant Information, covers this beautiful plant that attracts beneficial insect, is an edible, and a medicinal.
Rose Of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus) is also known as Althaea, Shrub Althea, and Hardy Hibiscus. It has a tight, upright vase-shaped form, reaching 7–13ft in height and has large summer blossoms. They like full sun to light shade and moist, well-drained soil. They have deeply-lobed, light-green leaves. It is a deciduous flowering shrub native to east Asia and is the national flower of South Korea.
The Rose of Sharon has trumpet-shaped flowers that bloom from summer into the fall. The flowers are short-lived, lasting only a day. Flowers come in shades of white, red, pink and purple and attract birds, butterflies and other useful pollinators. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by insects. If you are going to prune, then do it in late winter or early spring, because the flowers are borne on current years growth.
The leaves, blossoms, and flowers of the Rose of Sharon are edible and have a mild flavor and mucilaginous texture. Leaves are made into tea and the flowers eaten, usually raw. The leaves taste like lettuce. Blossoms appear in late summer and have a nutty flavor to them. The flowers taste great and have a hint of nectar at the base of the petals. The root is edible but very fibrous.
Rose of Sharon can be propagated via seeds, cuttings, or layering.
The leaves are diuretic, expectorant and stomachic. A decoction of the flowers is diuretic, ophthalmic and stomachic. It is also used in the treatment of itch and other skin diseases, dizziness and bloody stools accompanied by gas. A decoction of the root bark is antiphlogistic, demulcent, emollient, febrifuge, haemostatic and vermifuge. It is used in the treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, abdominal pain, leucorrhoea, dysmenorrhoea and dermaphytosis. * Source: www.pfaf.org/user/plant.aspx?LatinName=Hibiscus+syriacus *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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