ROSE OF SHARON.—(Narcissus tazetta.)
The plant is employed in Scripture to shadow forth Him “who offered himself a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour;” and to picture the blessedness of that time when the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord.
In some of the apocryphal books we meet with the word which properly means rose, the rhodon of the Greeks.
Roses are highly prized in the East, and many wild species have been observed in Syria. The damask and hundred-leaved rose are cultivated extensively. What has been called the rose of Jericho is a species of cruciform plant, Anastatica hierochuntica, which, after flowering, dries up into a sort of ball.
Balfour, John Hutton. The Plants of the Bible. London; Edinburgh; New York: T. Nelson and Sons, 1885. Print.