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rose

Many varieties of the rose proper are indigenous to Syria. The famed rose of Damascus is white, but there are also red and yellow roses.

  1. In Song of Songs 2:1 and Isa. 35:1 the Hebrew word habatstseleth (found only in these passages), rendered “rose” (R.V. marg., “autumn crocus”), is supposed by some to mean the oleander, by others the sweet-scented narcissus (a native of Israel), the tulip, or the daisy; but nothing definite can be affirmed regarding it.
  2. The “rose of Sharon” is probably the cistus or rock-rose, several species of which abound in the Land of Israel.

Mount Carmel especially abounds in the cistus, which in April covers some of the barer parts of the mountain with a glow not inferior to that of the Scottish heather.”

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