Tree Rose Of Sharon
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A lovely large bloom from a Tree Rose Of Sharon bush.
Hibiscus syriacus, a deciduous flowering shrub native to east Asia, the plant generally referred to in American English as "Rose of Sharon" and the national flower of South Korea. The specific epithet indicates that the plant was originally (and erroneously) thought to originate from Syria. The flower's name in Korean is Mugunghwa (Korean Hangul: , Hanja: aning 'immortal flower'. Mugunghwa (Rose of Sharon) has been loved by Koreans for thousands of years, as far back as the Gojoseon era. One of Korea's ancient Three Kingdoms, the Silla kingdom, featured 'Hwarang', or 'flower youth knights', who were famed for their intelligence, courage, and beauty. This last virtue was indicated by 'Hwa', taken from mugunghwa. Cheonji-Hwarang, the forerunners of the Hwarang, wore a cap stuck with a sprig of Mugunghwa. At that time, Mugunghwa was held as highly sacred by ancient Koreans, who called it Cheon-Ji-Hwa, meaning 'flower indicating the sky'. In more recent times it has been used as the name of a novel, film, and a railroad line.
June 24th, 2012
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