Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Rose-of-Sharon - Hibiscus syriacus   L.
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DistributionScattered from Madison County in the Mountains to Gates County in the northern Coastal Plain.

Native of China; in N.A. NY to NE, south to GA, LA, and KS; also UT.
HabitatRoadsides, thickets along creeks and rivers, limestone outcrop by river, long-abandoned farm.
PhenologyFlowering June-September.
IdentificationRose-of-Sharon is a familiar plant of yards and gardens, but seldom escaping. It is a tall shrub that may reach 10-12 feet high. The branches are strongly ascending. The leaves are rather triangular, irregularly lobed, with rather large and blunt marginal teeth. The flowers point nearly horizontally or only slightly upward, and they vary from pink to white to lavender, with a dark red basal spot.
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