Growers Wanted: Native Hawaiian Plants

Cyanea(z11 HI)August 27, 2004

Hi, I just wanted to know if there are any fellow "Native Plant People" here in this forum. There is definately alot that I would like to say about native plants. There is definately more that should be understood, and more growers needed.

Any native plant growers (enthusiasts) out there?

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yes we would like to be ; )
I have the space if you have the plants!

    Bookmark   August 27, 2004 at 7:25PM
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Cyanea, I too have a very small collection of native Hawaiian plants but am trying to add to it! It is true that we need to do more to preserve our native flora. I too have some space, what do you have in mind?

    Bookmark   September 1, 2004 at 5:49PM
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Cyanea(z11 HI)

I have choke plants that I need to give away and want to distribute. I got a list of some of them on my memeber page. I am constantly propogating new plants some of them very rare in cultivation and in the wild.

Many coastal species too. These plants are beautiful, but also really tough when it comes to low nutrient hot substrate (sand, white coral), salt spray, and the xeriscape factor.

lmk. if anything.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2004 at 3:31AM
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HIgrower(z11 Manoa)

I am new to this garden web thing after seeing your message. This holiday weekend I planted two Ohia Lehua, two na'u, some palapala and a lot of Lauai. Looking for more variety that I can grow in Manoa (near the tea room), particularily a Koa and naupaka kuahiwi but generally anything native that will stay relatively small (the Koa and Ohia are the main plants in the garden, now need smaller edge dwellers). Any hints on where to look or what to look for. Thanks, Jim H.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2004 at 4:48PM
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Man I have been growing plants for a while and Hawaiian plants are the ones that I never could get my hands on. I have looked far and wide for Hawaiian plants, but there are so few and not that many good growers out there with the right touch for these delicate plants. If you got some extra siting around, I will make the room for them. Thanks, B

    Bookmark   September 11, 2004 at 6:51AM
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maui4me(z6A TN)

I'm looking for seeds of the Hawaiian Prickly Poppy, Argemone glauca. Does anyone know of a source for this pretty white poppy?

    Bookmark   September 19, 2004 at 1:27AM
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hotzcatz(Hamakua, Hawaii)

How about ahinahina (artesimia)? It is a sorta silver white small plant similiar to dusty miller. I think it would be a good garden foilage plant and should be easy to get folks to grow it if they could just get some.

Here's a website that Matt has recommended before which has a lot of local plants on it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Hawaiian plants

    Bookmark   October 30, 2004 at 2:41AM
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classicenergy(z11 Kauai)

I just moved to Kauai (North Shore so plenty of rain)and have land to do a nice garden. In California I focused entirely on native coastal plants and would like to do the same here. So please give me names and sources for any you recommend.

My first project is to complete the screening from neighbors so native shrubs or screening materials are much needed.

Also I want to support increasing native plant populations and reducing invasive foreign plant populations, as I did on the mainland. Is there any organization in Hawaii that protects and propigates native species? (If not, let's get one started!)

    Bookmark   January 17, 2005 at 11:14PM
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Deweydave(z11 HI)

There are many people growing native Hawaiian plants in Hawaii, and many VERY GOOD growers at that. It is good to see many younger people expressing an interest in native Hawaiian plants.
I good way to see native Hawaiian plants and speak with those who are interested in them is to volunteer for projects such as with the Nature Conservancy. You will soon find that your collection will grow very fast and you will have plants that you never thought possible! Aloha a hui hou

    Bookmark   January 18, 2005 at 3:09AM
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johndp8888(Oahu, Hawaii)

I now grow a limited number of native Hawaiian plants but have become the grounds committee head for a non profit group that has beachfront property on the north shore of Oahu. We are interested in increasing the numbers of native plants there and eliminating more of the non-native species on the lot.

Specifically I am looking for salt tolerant trees, flowers and shrubs. The trees should be those that are 30 feet or less when fully grown.

I have had a lot of experience with Bonsai cultivation but not with native trees.


    Bookmark   March 12, 2005 at 1:44PM
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johndp8888(Oahu, Hawaii)

I have just come back from the big island and brought back seeds from the Hawaiian poppy. Anyone interested?

    Bookmark   March 30, 2005 at 1:23PM
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maui4me(z6A TN)

I definite am interested in those poppy seeds!

    Bookmark   April 19, 2005 at 1:02AM
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johndp8888(Oahu, Hawaii)

I sent the seeds

    Bookmark   May 12, 2005 at 10:10AM
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johndp8888(Oahu, Hawaii)

I have just aquired a few (about 10) fresh Stemmadenia
seeds that I would like to trade for native plant seeds.

Stemmadnia litoratis is not a Hawaiian native but is a spectacular small tree with many fragrant white flowers.

    Bookmark   July 14, 2005 at 12:08PM
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I would love to grow native Hawaiian plants, but they are difficult to find here in Los Angeles.

There are some species that I know will do well here in coastal southern California. The Mildred Mathias Botanical Garden at UCLA has several Hawaiian natives: Acacia koa, Hibiscus, and Wilkesia gymnoxiphium (iliau). And there are a few palm nurseries in San Diego that sell Pritchardia (P. hillebrandii and P. remota are two that I have seen for sale)

Do you know of any sources for native Hawaiian plant seeds? I would love to try propagating some for my garden.

I am especially interested in finding a source for Sadleria cyatheoides (Amau). Are they available from commercial nurseries in Hawaii?

    Bookmark   January 4, 2006 at 6:08PM
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Aloha everyone,

I'm Dave, 18 year old entomology & photography student. I moved to Hawaii from Arizona in feb of '05, and lived on Oahu for two years before moving here to the Garden Island.

Anyone over here? Lol.

I've only seriously been gardening for the last year and a half or so, since we moved to Kauai. On the entomology side, I am working on a small set-up to breed local butterflies, which ties into local botany in general.
I've also gotten more and more interested in growing since I started. I'd like to get some Mamaki trimmings/seeds/or, if possible, the plant itself. I dont have a WHOLE bunch of room, but if you're looking to get rid of it, know where to get it locally, or have some spare, I'd love to get a hold of some.
I'm looking into breeding Kamehameha Butterflies(Vanessa tameamea) in particular, or at least attracting some, though the chances are near to none. They're one of only two endemic butterflies, and are thus threatened. There are a few places who breed Monarchs in Hawaii, an >invasiveendemicI know this is not completely pertinent to the thread, but being closely related, I thought Id give it a shot as it may also help to preserve other aspects of the Hawaiian ecosystem!
If anyone's interested in the butterflies, anything else I mentioned, or has info/plants or would like to know more about the entomology aspect of my post, just shoot me a message! Mahalo nui loa in advance!

Aloha and all the best,

~Dave K. N.
Kauai, Hawaii

    Bookmark   February 7, 2008 at 1:52AM
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Cyanea - Would love to get some of the native hibiscus and some attractive low ground cover - preferably with flowers. Can you get them to Kauai ?

    Bookmark   February 7, 2008 at 8:05AM
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johndp8888(Oahu, Hawaii)

Hello Dave and pueokai

I have access to Mamaki plant seeds in season and to the prostrate Ilima form as a ground cover. Live plants are harder to transport. If you have a home depot on Kauai, they will have all of this or can get them. If seeds would work, let me know and I will send.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2008 at 3:29PM
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Hey john, would love the Ilima seeds. how do I send you my address ?

    Bookmark   February 14, 2008 at 11:59PM
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Aloha! I live in Hilo and would love to have some plants too. I have an empty backyard that's just waiting for some plants. I would particularly love to have an Ohia tree, flowering shrubs and fruit bearing trees as well.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2008 at 1:45AM
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johndp8888(Oahu, Hawaii)

Native plants can be purchased on the big island at Home depot in Kona, at some garden stores in Hilo, at the state forestry facility just outside of Waimea and at the Amy greenwell ethnobotanical garden in Captain Cook. I get many of my native plants from the big island even though I live on Oahu. The author of this thread has been a real help to me on native plants.
On the Ilima seeds, it would be better that you get the plants locally, as they are available to you there. That prevents the mixing of plants from one island with another.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2008 at 10:47AM
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johndp8888(Oahu, Hawaii)

You can send me your address at

    Bookmark   March 22, 2008 at 11:03PM
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I am a "Native Plant Person" however I'm in the Rockies.

We are looking to move to Kauai in the next year or 2 (Husband wants to go YESTERDAY!) and of course, I'll be planting native there.

Where on Kauai is the most ideal location for gardening? I know there is a dry area, a wet area, and areas that are right inbetween. Can anyone give me more detailed information?

Also, I see there are some properties that have well water. Is well water usually good there on the island or does it need to be filtered/corrected?

Would appreciate any and all information you can share.

Happy Trails!

    Bookmark   March 24, 2008 at 5:40PM
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I've been writing a Hawaii gardening blog since Sept. last year, and it usually features native plants. You can check it out by clicking the link below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Janice's Hawaii Gardening blog

    Bookmark   March 25, 2008 at 5:03AM
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I'm in southern California and I have started a hobby nursery where I am growing acacia Koa among other things. The trees are doing very well, and after 1 year's growth my seedlings are reaching 4-5 feet in height with good thickness. They did not flinch at the slight frosts but they do want lots of water.

I can recommend growing koa from seeds as they grow quite quickly. There are sources online where you can buy the seeds (such as banana-tree, just google).

    Bookmark   May 19, 2008 at 4:57PM
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I'm a member of Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle. We are setting up a plant exchange service for members on Oahu. If you are interested in contributing or making a home for Hawaiian plants and others adapted to the climate check out the website. You could also join in our garden tours and see how other gardeners are dealing with this climate zone.

Here is a link that might be useful: Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle

    Bookmark   September 2, 2008 at 6:15PM
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Only native plants I have are Brighamia insignis and rockii

    Bookmark   September 8, 2008 at 9:01AM
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I am in Kona and interested in meeting anyone that would like to start a group once a month meeting with plant table and discussion forum

    Bookmark   April 5, 2010 at 6:15PM
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Hey guys! Iʻve also been trying my hand with native plants the last few years.... and I was wondering, does anyone happen to have access to any lobelioids? I know its a super real longshot, but Iʻve always been particularly fond of Cyaneas and Clermontias... are there any species that are somewhat more hardy? Hardy enough to grow in Hilo town?

    Bookmark   June 3, 2010 at 3:35AM
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@classicenergy and garden_isle_dave - Me too!!

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 9:11PM
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Cyanea, there are a lot of native gardeners who are seeking for native Hawaiian plants and most of them really want to save our native flora. I am also one of them. In this concern I am also assisted by Exotic Hawaii Flower and they have fulfilled my desire by providing various kinds of native floras. Another message to you is that I have enough space in my little garden and I need more responses and details regarding the same. Thanks for the stunning topic.

    Bookmark   January 17, 2015 at 1:10AM
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