Rose of Sharon ~ Hibiscus syriacus
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Rose of Sharon Seed Pods Rose of Sharon is one of the most common summer-flowering ornamental bushes in North America. Its old fashioned charm, hibiscus-like flowers and affordability make it a garden favorite. Rose of Sharon seeds are a bountiful food source for non-migratory birds during the winter, these bushes should be part of all habitat gardens.
Seed collection is easy. Allow the flowers to fade, do not shear back or prune the bush after flowering. Seed pods are somewhat tear-shaped, fat and nearly an inch across, immature pods are medium green. When mature they turn dusty brown and split apart with a star shaped opening. Remove the mature pods and allow to dry for a few days to ease with seed removal. Several dried pods can be placed in a tightly lidded plastic container to be shaken, the rattling will loosen and release the seeds from the pods. Remove the empty pods and puff the chaff away to have clean seeds. The seeds themselves are reddish brown, flat discs, and a little more than a 1/4" across.