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rose of Sharon

rose of Sharon, common name for several plants, especially Hibiscus syriacus, of the family Malvaceae ( mallow family), and for St.-John's-wort , i.e., any species of the genus Hypericum of the family Hypericaceae (St.-John's-wort family). The Malvaceae are classified in the division Magnoliophyta , class Magnoliopsida, order Malvales. The Hypericaceae are similarly classified, but in the order Theales.

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