Definition of Aaron's beard in English:

Aaron's beard


  • a name given to various plants, especially the rose of Sharon (sense 2 of the noun)

    ‘Aaron's beard does well in full sun to partial shade, and tolerates almost complete shade.’
    • ‘Plants such as winter creeper and Aaron's beard may become rangy and untidy.’
    • ‘I was considering growing Hypericum calycinum (Aaron's Beard) under/in front of my azaleas after reading about them in a book on gardening in the Mid-Atlantic.’


Aaron's beard

/ˈerənz ˈbird/ /ˈɛrənz ˈbɪrd/


Early 19th century alluding to Aaron, whose beard ‘went down to the skirts of his garments’ (Ps. 133:2), because of the prominent hairy stamens or the long runners which some of these plants put out.