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Hibiscus syriacus (althea; rose of Sharon; rose-of-sharon; shrub althea; shrub-althea)

Synonyms: Althaea furtex; Hibiscus acerifolius; Hibiscus arborescens; Hibiscus chinensis; Hibiscus floridus; Hibiscus rhombifolius; Hibiscus syriacus f. albus-plenus; Hibiscus syriacus f. amplissimus; Hibiscus syriacus f. elegantissimus; Hibiscus syriacus f. grandiflorus; Hibiscus syriacus f. paeoniflorus; Hibiscus syriacus f. totus-albus; Hibiscus syriacus f. violaceus; Hibiscus syriacus var. chinensis; Hibiscus syriacus var. micranthus; Hibiscus syriacus var. sinensis; Ketmia arborea; Ketmia syriaca; Ketmia syrorum

Wikipedia Abstract

Hibiscus syriacus is a species of flowering plant in the family Malvaceae, native to much of Asia (though not, as Linnaeus thought, Syria, in spite of the name he gave it). Common names include Rose of Sharon (especially in North America), rose mallow (United Kingdom) and St Joseph's rod (Italy).
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Height [2]  9.8 feet (3 m)
Width [2]  6.6 feet (2 m)
Allergen Potential [1]  Medium-Low
Edible [2]  May be edible. See the Plants For A Future link below for details.
Flower Type [2]  Hermaphrodite
Leaf Type [2]  Deciduous
Lifespan [3]  Perennial
Pollinators [2]  Insects, Lepidoptera
Structure [2]  Shrub
Usage [2]  A low quality fibre is obtained from the stems. It is used for making cordage and paper; The seed contains about 25% oil; No further details are given, but it is likely to be edible. A hair shampoo is made from the leaves; A blue dye is obtained from the flowers; This species is planted as a hedge in S. Europe;
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Chickamauga & Chattanooga Nat'l Military Park National Military Park V 8248 Georgia, Tennessee, United States
Colonial National Historic Park National Historical Park V 9316 Virginia, United States
Cumberland Gap National Hist. Park National Historical Park V 24282 Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, United States
Fort Donelson National Battlefield III 560 Tennessee, United States
Friendship Hill National Historic Site III 697 Pennsylvania, United States
George Washington Birthplace National Monument V 435 Virginia, United States
Great Smoky Mountains National Park II 515454 North Carolina, Tennessee, United States
Point Pelee National Park II 5764 Ontario, Canada
Richmond National Battlefield Park III 1517 Virginia, United States
Shiloh National Military Park III 4061 Tennessee, United States
Southern Appalachian Biosphere Reserve 37548505 North Carolina, Tennessee, United States  

Emblem of

Korea, Republic Of (South)


Abgrallaspis cyanophylli (cyanophyllum scale)[4]
Anomis illita[5]
Anthonomus grandis (boll weevil)[6]
Antigonus liborius[5]
Cerococcus deklei (grenade scale)[4]
Cerococcus indicus (yellow cotton scale)[4]
Drosicha howardi[4]
Ernoporus tiliae[7]
Howardia biclavis (mining scale)[4]
Maconellicoccus hirsutus (pink hibiscus mealybug)[4]
Mallococcus vitecicola[4]
Nipaecoccus viridis (karoo thorn mealybug)[4]
Parlatoria desolator[4]
Parlatoria oleae (olive parlatoria scale)[4]
Parlatoria proteus (common parlatoria scale)[4]
Parlatoria theae (tea parlatoria scale)[4]
Phomopsis velata[6]
Pinnaspis strachani (lesser snow scale)[4]
Pulvinaria citricola (cottony citrus scale)[4]
Pulvinaria psidii (green shield scale)[4]
Strymon melinus (cotton square borer)[6]
Syntomeida syntomoides[5]


Pollinated by 
Lithurgus collaris[6]


North America;



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1Derived from Allergy-Free Gardening OPALS™, Thomas Leo Ogren (2000)
2Plants For A Future licensed under a Creative Commons License
3USDA Plants Database, U. S. Department of Agriculture
4Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
5HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
6Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
7Biological Records Centre Database of Insects and their Food Plants
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