Martha's exotic Backyard in Israel

Hibiscus syriacus, Shrub Althea, Rose-of-Sharon,

Scientific name:  Hibiscus syriacus L.
Scientific name:  Althaea frutex Hort. ex Mill.
Common name:  Shrub Althea,Rose of Sharon, Rose-of-Sharon
Hebrew name:   היביסקוס
Family:   Malvaceae, חלמיתיים

Israel Exotic flowers

Life form:  Deciduous, flowering shrub, overal vased shape
Stems:  Height 200-300cm; Spread 150-200cm; multi-stemmed with lots of vertical branches; gray bark
Leaves:  Alternate, simple, deciduous,3-lobed, dentate
Inflorescence:  Floriferous, solitary or paired from leaf axils
Flowers:  5 petals, white, pink, violet, single or double flowers
Fruits / pods:  Capsule, brown, 5-valved
Origin:  China, India

Hibiscus syriacus,Shrub Althea, Rose-of-Sharon, היביסקוס

Derivation of the botanical name:
Hibiscus, ancient Greek and Latin name for some mallow-like plant.
syriacus, from Syria.
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.
  • The standard author abbreviation hort. is used to indicate hortorum (of gardens), or hortulanorum (of gardeners) , referring to a name whose origin or authors are unknown.
  • The standard author abbreviation Mill. is used to indicate Philip Miller (1691 – 1771), a Scottish botanist.