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Friday, October 18, 2013

Conferderate Rose part two!

One of my blog friends asked me where the confederate rose got its name....Well that is a good question and one I did not know the answer to so I did some research. The Confederate Rose is actually a form of hibiscus and it typically grows in the coastal south. My cousin, Dewilla, in Savannah, says that her dad has one growing in his front yard. That is why it is so unusual to see them in our neck of the woods. Southern Living magazine says global warming is allowing this pretty plant to thrive in northern portions of the south. That is their opinion! Southern Living Magazine also gave two explanations for the name of the Confederate Rose. The first explanation is that the ladies of Mobile, Alabama, gave these showy flowers to the Confederate soldiers as they came home from the war. The second explanation is a little gorier! These roses often change colors as the day wears on...starting out white or very light pink in the morning and becoming a park pink by evening. It is said that these bushes soaked up the blood of the wounded soldiers causing the colors to change. So take your pick but I am going with the Mobile version!

2 comments:

Blackberry Lane said...

I like the Mobile version, too. Deborah's bloom (below) is just lovely. Always fun to see color this late in the year.

Have a lovely weekend.

Dewilla Hooper said...

Our version here in Savannah is that the flowers represent the blood of the Confederate soldiers. The flowers are white or very light pink in the morning, and they are a gorgeous dark pink in the afternoon and evening.