Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide


Hibiscus syriacus
(shrubby althaea)



Hibiscus syriacus (shrubby althaea)


  • Last modified
  • 21 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Host Plant
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Hibiscus syriacus
  • Preferred Common Name
  • shrubby althaea
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Plantae
  •     Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •       Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •         Class: Dicotyledonae
  • Uses List
  • Agroforestry
  • Ornamental
  • Traditional/folklore
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Hibiscus syriacus L.

Preferred Common Name

  • shrubby althaea

International Common Names

  • English: rose of sharon
  • French: ketmie de Syrie; mauve en arbre

Local Common Names

  • Germany: Eibisch, Rosen-; Eibisch, Strauch-; Eibisch, Syrischer
  • Italy: ibisco arborero; ketmia
  • Netherlands: althaea boompje

EPPO code

  • HIBSY (Hibiscus syriacus)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Plantae
  •         Phylum: Spermatophyta
  •             Subphylum: Angiospermae
  •                 Class: Dicotyledonae
  •                     Order: Malvales
  •                         Family: Malvaceae
  •                             Genus: Hibiscus
  •                                 Species: Hibiscus syriacus

List of Pests

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Minor host of:

Anthonomus grandis (Mexican cotton boll weevil); Aphis gossypii (cotton aphid); Chrysomphalus dictyospermi (dictyospermum scale); Corynespora cassiicola (target leaf spot of tomato); Hibiscus chlorotic ringspot virus; Meloidogyne incognita (root-knot nematode); Orgyia leucostigma (white-marked tussock moth); Phenacoccus madeirensis (Madeira mealybug); Pinnaspis strachani (lesser snow scale); Podosphaera xanthii (powdery mildew of cucurbits); Pratylenchus penetrans (nematode, northern root lesion); Selenaspidus articulatus (West Indian red scale); Theretra clotho

Associated with (not a host):

Olpidium brassicae (Olpidium seedling blight)

Host of (source - data mining):

Aleurodicus dispersus (whitefly); Aphis craccivora (groundnut aphid); Aphis nasturtii (buckthorn aphid); Bemisia tabaci (tobacco whitefly); Bemisia tabaci (MEAM1) (silverleaf whitefly); Brevipalpus phoenicis (false spider mite); Cuscuta reflexa (dodder); Dysdercus koenigii; Eggplant mottled dwarf virus (tomato vein yellowing virus); Halyomorpha halys (brown marmorated stink bug); Kerria lacca (lac insect); Maconellicoccus hirsutus (pink hibiscus mealybug); Metcalfa pruinosa (frosted moth-bug); Myzus persicae (green peach aphid); Oxycarenus hyalinipennis (cotton, seed bug); Pectinophora gossypiella (pink bollworm); Phenacoccus solenopsis (cotton mealybug); Popillia japonica (Japanese beetle); Pseudaulacaspis pentagona (mulberry scale); Pyrrhocoris apterus; Scirtothrips dorsalis (chilli thrips); Tetranychus kanzawai (kanzawa spider mite); Trialeurodes vaporariorum (whitefly, greenhouse); Xylella fastidiosa (Pierce's disease of grapevines)

Uses List

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  • Agroforestry


  • Ornamental

Medicinal, pharmaceutical

  • Traditional/folklore