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Korea’s National Flower

by Christina Sujure |

Mugunghwa’s scientific name is Hibiscus syriacus, but it is better known in English as Rose of Sharon. It tends to bloom in red, white, pink or purple with a bright red center, and it blossoms from early July to late October. Some 2,000 to 3,000 flowers can bloom on a single tree, which adapts well to grafting and can withstand pollution. 


 

The five petals of the flower represents five traditional kinds of duty, five kinds of happiness, five kinds of unity and other qualities that all add up to the meaning of peace and happiness. When the flower withers, all the petals wither away at the same time, symbolizing the strong bond