Journey Through Time

By Sue

A Rose by Any Other Name...

...would be called St. John's wort here...but UK folk and UK affiliated areas in the world call this Rose of Sharon. Why this is, I don't know. Just another one of those interesting differences. This belongs to our neighbors up the street.

Today was sunny and warm and a bit humid. And I'm still terribly behind with comments. I'm sorry :(

See ya later

A stoloniferous subshrub or shrublet, typically growing 12" (less frequently to 18") high and 24" wide, which is frequently planted as a ground cover. Features large, rose-like, 5-petaled, yellow flowers (2-3" diameter) having numerous, bushy stamens with reddish anthers. Flowers appear singly or in groups of 2-3 and cover the plant in summer. Oval to oblong, distinctively net-veined (from beneath) leaves (to 4" long) are rich green in sun but are a lighter, yellowish green in shade. Four-angled stems are both procumbent and ascending. Sometimes commonly called Aaron's beard or creeping St. John's wort. Plants of the genus Hypericum (some species have been used since ancient times in the treatment of wounds) were apparently gathered and burned to ward off evil spirits on the eve of St. John's Day, thus giving rise to the genus common name of St. John's wort.

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