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Native Plants Catalog
Browse through and read about native Hawaiian plants and learn what species will thrive at your place. You can also read up on some of the cultural uses for these plants which make them so important to Hawaiian people as well as those plants which provide key ecological roles. Or... if readings not your thing you can just look at all the pretty pictures. Not to mention, if you have questions regarding any of these plants you can ask them at the bottom of each page. Please note that we do not have all of these plants in stock, they are listed here as an educational reference. For in stock plant availability please call our nursery at 808-235-6165. Mahalo!
Here you'll find all that you need to maximize the beauty of your landscape. Short to tall hedges, specimen plants, lei plants as well as many rare species. Its said that "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" well, literally, in Hawaiian ecology a bird in the bush is more important because most likely it's helping to pollinate the bushes' flowers, whereas, a bird in the hand ain't doing anything.
How can you have a Hawaiian garden with out Hawaiian ferns? We got Hapu'u, kupukupu, palapalai.....well thats about it. Many native ferns are still being developed for use in landscapes but still, that's a good start! I'll tell you what you WON'T find in here: stuff like Australian Tree fern (Hello, the name says it all!), leather fern and lawa'e. Yes, I said it, LAWA'E. Sorry, it's a recent introduction, a.k.a. not Hawaiian.
Need to cover up some bare spots? Got some slopes that continuously erode? Here are other suggestions that might remedy that problem. Many of these ground covers are naturally found near the coast in extremely tough growing conditions yet they thrive there. If you have areas with full sun but don't want to spend an are and a leg on watering your lawn to keep it green try some of these. Saving money on your water bill means extra spending money in Vegas!
Are you the type of person looking for some cooling shade? Or are you looking to have a real Hawaiian forest at your place? In either case we have all sorts of native and Polynesian introduced trees to choose from. Sit under the cool shade of a lonomea tree or pick lehua to make lei, you could even make an 'o'o from an 'alahe'e tree or just sit back and admire the majestic beauty of a Koa. Its all here for you to see.
Don't worry, you don't need to be Shrek and live in a swamp to enjoy these plants. We mainly grow them for wetland restorations since this type of ecosystem is so important here in these islands, but, many look great in landscapes and also help to fill in uncontrollable wet spots in many peoples yards. You can even make your own "Rain Garden" using these plants and make your own backyard habitat!
Unlike most of us who continue to hang out with our ugly friends to make ourselves look better, these plants bring out the beauty in everything that surrounds them..