With so many flowers and trees now in bloom, I thought it seemed the right time to post about the national flower of Korea–mugunghwa, aka Rose of Sharon, aka hibisus syriacus.
In Korean, mugunghwa means “immortal flower.” The flower’s tenaciousness, seen it’s ability to survive even insect attacks, makes it an appropriate symbol for country that has fought throughout history for it’s very existence. Despite wars and occupation, the Korean culture and people have persevered and endured.
The first record of the mugunghwa in Korea is made in the article thought to be produced some 1,400 years ago. The name mugungwha was first used by the poet Lee Kyu-Bo (이규보, 1168∼1241) of Koryo Dynasty.
Mugunghwa shrubs bloom in late summer through mid-autumn.