Friday, January 30, 2009

Hibiscus syriacus: winter

>Hibiscus syriacus, known in English as Rose of Sharon or Rose of Althea and in French as althéa, is a large shrub native to Asia. It is the national flower of south Korea and symbolizes immortality. The gorgeous blossoms may be mauve, pink, or white, often with a red centre, and appear in late summer.

In the winter, the light brown seed pods add a touch of interest.

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