rose of Sharon Word Origin noun
- Also called . a widely cultivated shrub or small tree, Hibiscus syriacus, of the mallow family, having showy white, reddish or purplish flowers.
- Also called . a St.-John’s-wort, Hypericum calycinum, having evergreen foliage and showy yellow flowers.
- a plant mentioned in the Bible. Song of Solomon 2:1.
Origin of rose of Sharon First recorded in 1605–15 British Dictionary definitions for rose of sharon rose of Sharon noun
- Also called: Aaron’s beard a creeping shrub, Hypericum calycinum, native to SE Europe but widely cultivated, having large yellow flowers: family Hypericaceae
- Also called: althaea a Syrian malvaceous shrub, Hibiscus syriacus (or Althaea frutex), cultivated for its red or purplish flowers