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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Rose of Sharon: The Beautiful & Edible Flower

Tri-color Rose of Sharon
Rose of Sharon or Althea (Hibiscus syriacus) is the name of a flowering shrub, which quickly becomes a beautiful blooming tree. My friend, Jeannie has them on her farm and I snapped a few pictures of the blossoms because they are different from mine, and I found them fascinating. Hers are called "Tri-color" and I noted hers are in layers of petals shaded red, pale pink and blue purple with the petals framed in ruffles of darker colors.

Thanks, Icy for naming my tree!

In an earlier post I shared pictures of my flowers and Icy commented back sharing with me the name of my shrub turned tree. Naturehills.com sells a large variety of them and notes that they attract hummingbirds and small insects, which I am sure attract even more birds.

Mentioned in the Bible

The Shulamite maiden compares herself to the Rose of Sharon in the book Song of Solomon chapter 2:1 as she speaks lovingly to King Solomon.

Her dog ate them!

I shared these beautiful blooms with another friend as we walked her dog passing the beautiful trees along our walk. The trees bloomed in a variety of whites, pinks, and purples. She voiced concern because her dog likes to eat the flowers, so I immediately looked them up when I got home and was able to call her back advising "Guess what, I've recipes for you!"

Click on "recipe" above and check out the new taste sensation. Find more here.


Icy BC August 13, 2009 at 7:59 AM  

Wow, Judy..I didn't know we can eat these flowers. I have so many of these flowers in the back yard!

Judy Sheldon-Walker August 13, 2009 at 11:05 AM  

Icy, as long as we keep finding all these flowers that we can eat, we don't have to go hungry. :-)

Thanks and God bless!

cherie August 14, 2009 at 6:53 PM  

very informative, surely. i guess this is similar to our gumamela in the philippines except that i 'cooked' those flowers at play when i was a little girl...

Judy Sheldon-Walker August 14, 2009 at 8:24 PM  

We made mud "pies" as children. I don't remember eating them, thankfully!

Thanks, Cherie, for your visit!

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