Hibiscus – Rose of Sharon – Rose Mallow.

Hibiscus – Rose of Sharon – Rose Mallow plant care guide

Hibiscus – Rose of Sharon – Rose Mallow.

The Rose of Sharon, botanically named Hibiscus Syriacus is plant species belonging to the genus Hibiscus, which are flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. Comprising a few hundred species native to warm-temperate, tropical, and subtropical regions throughout the world and famous for their attractive flowers which bear a striking stamen, and are known to have both male and female parts on the same flower. They come in a wide range of bright colors such as white, red, pink, and purple. The large fancy flowers tend to attract birds, bees, butterflies, and many other pollinators. .

In general, Hibiscus plants require very minimal care. Once planted, the only maintenance required is to prune the outgrown stems once every season, preferably during winters after the leaves drop. This should be done to maintain them in a good shape, also it promotes blooming in the next season. Rose of Sharon prefers full sun and thrives under bright light outdoors. Older bushes might get some fungal infections if there grown in areas without full sun.

The Rose of Sharon plant prefers evenly moist, well-draining soil, although they can tolerate almost any type of soil. A thin layer of organic manure or vermicompost may benefit the growth of the bush. The buds might start dropping if there is less water or too much fertilizer. Also overwatering might lead to the yellowing and dropping of leaves. A healthy plant is tolerant of humidity, poor soil, air pollution, heat, and drought. They can be easily propagated by taking stem cuttings and potting them in soil. .
H. Sabdariffa is also used as herbal tea. The flowers are dried and used in making Hibiscus tea, known to have a tart flavor similar to that of cranberries and are packed with antioxidants. They are non-poisonous for pets. 

In the Bible, the Rose of Sharon symbolizes beauty, and also Jesus Christ is called the Rose of Sharon in some other Christian works because of the similarities between the plant and Christ.

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