‘I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys’. Song of Solomon 2:1
It’s not known exactly what kind of flower the rose being referred to is: some say a crocus and some say a tulip. The plains of Sharon in Israel are known to be a fertile area where plants have beautiful foliage.
The name Rose of Sharon has been given to other flowers of differing varieties. One in particular is a deciduous flowering shrub native to East Asia named Hibiscus syriacus.
Korea’s National Flower
Mugunghwa (Rose of Sharon) (Hibiscus syriacus) is the national flower of South Korea. The mugunghwa first became the national flower of Korea during the Japanese colonial era (1910-1945) when it was overwhelmingly selected by the people as the floral symbol of their nation. The actual term mugunghwa was first employed during the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392). During the Goryeo Dynasty and Joseon Dynasty eras (1392-1910), it was common practice for kings to reward those who successfully passed the civil service examinations with paper made mugunghwa. Koreans countered colonial Japan’s racial assimilation policy by planting mugunghwa nationwide as a sign of their uninterrupted dreams of independence for Korea. Therefore, the mugunghwa which regularly returns a day after seemingly having faded away to gloriously expose its existence, became a symbol of the unbridled and unbreakable spirit of the Korean nation.
The Koreans got their wish and dream of independence in 1945 only to have it attacked again in 1950 by communist China/Russia when forces attempted to take over the entire peninsula. Thank God General MacArthur saw to it that would not happen. Unfortunately, half of the peninsula remains in bondage under the North Korean government which was set up by the communists after MacArthur was denied his wish to go after the Chinese and drive them back out of the peninsula. God only knows why this happened, but that dream continues for all Korea: that their nation would be united again in freedom and independence.