- Medicinally, Rose of Sharon’s flower buds contain mucilage, a gooey medicinal compound made of polysaccharides, found in most species of the mallow family. Mucilage can be used to heal burns, wounds, gastric ulcers and internal and external inflammation and irritation, such as sore throats or urinary tract infections.
2. Every part of The Rose of Sharon is edible leaves, blossoms and bark- it contains vitamin C and, Anthocyanins which are antioxidants.
3. Current studies are showing promising results with the root bark for inhibiting the proliferation of lung cancer. The root bark is used by the Chinese as an anti fungal remedy. It is also said to calm the nerves.
4. Use flowers and leaves in salads-Chop the blossoms or use whole flowers.
5. Make a tea from the leaves and flowers and drink as an antioxidant.
6. Add flowers and leaves to soups and quiche.
7. Chopped blossoms make beautiful decoration on cakes and the mild flavor blends well.
8. Opened blossoms make great dip holders- dip idea below.
9. Rose of Sharon water can be enjoyed with raw honey or used for making tea.
10. Song of Solomon 2:1 The bride speaks, describing herself as a humble meadow flower (Rose of Sharon) unfit to be in such a luxurious place as that in which she now finds herself in Solomon replies.
Rose of Sharon is South Korea’s national flower. It’s called Rose Mallow in the United Kingdom and St. Joseph’s Rod in Italy. It’s a deciduous shrub native to Asia and the name comes from Palestinian Valley named Sharon.