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Hibiscus syriacus Rose-of-Sharon

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
by Saige Henkel | Horticulture Student Director

Hibiscus syriacus Rose-of-Sharon

On the far west side of the Iris Meadow, snuggled into the nook of the rock wall near the Gazebo, there is a profusion of lavender-blue flowers on full display. These blooms belong to the Rose-of-Sharon shrub, a native plant to Southeast Asia. Each individual flower only lasts about 24 hours before they drop off in the evening.

This plant is considered marginally hardy in Wisconsin, meaning it needs good winter protection from cold winds and deep frosts. It craves full sun during the day, making its preferred placement in any garden tricky to accommodate.

While Rose-of-Sharon does have very specific culture and maintenance requirements, it’s well worth the effort. It blooms the whole month of July and into late August, making it the official late summer “diva” in the Garden.

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