Cacao Cacao trees can live for up to 100 years but are considered productive for only around 60. When the tree grows naturally from cocoa tree seeds, it has a long, deep taproot.   Plant begins to bear fruit when height reaches about 4’ tall.  

Caladium, Buck Also known as Angel Wings or Heart of Jesus, Caladiums enjoy well-drained soil and partial shade.  Many varieties of this ornamental plant exist, with colors ranging from white to green, to deep red.  The Buck variety has a red center surrounded by a deep green border around the […]

Cosmos Daisy-like flowers of the cosmos plant appear atop tall stems with lacy foliage.  Flowers are popular for indoor use and come in a variety of colors from yellow to purple.  Cutting flowers results in additional blooms.  Plant in well-drained soil and full sun.

Pandan   Pandanus amaryllifolius is a tropical plant commonly known simply as pandan leaves and is used widely in South Asian and Southeast Asian cooking as a flavoring.  Leaves tied in a knot give off a jasmine-like scent and add flavor when cooked with rice.  Pandan is also widely used […]

SONG OF INDIA Native to Madagascar and Mauritius, Dracaena Reflexa — Song of India — can have dark green leaves, yellow stripes on the leaves, or off-white stripes. Here in Hawaii, variegated Song of India is a popular landscaping plant for tropical gardens and often finds its way into flower […]

False Heather A shrubby dependable evergreen perennial that grows to 2′ tall and 4′ wide, the False Heather bears small, closely set leaves and tiny rose red flowers. It heaviest bloom period occurs in summer, with some flowers present almost all year. The plant requires part shade to shaded conditions, […]

Britton Shiso From Johnny’s Seeds.  Eye-catching green leaves with red undersides.  Good salad mix item, or use larger leaves as sushi wraps or garnishes.  Grows well in moderate sun/heat for best colors.  Like cilantro, does not appreciate too much heat and will bolt (go to seed).  Pinch back to get […]

Papalo Originally from Johnny’s Seeds.  Large, bluish green leaves with a flavor reminiscent of cilantro and arugula. Popular in Hispanic communities where it is used like cilantro.  Heat and drought-tolerant, prefers to dry out before being re-watered.  Also known as summer cilantro because it thrives in exceptional heat. (Seeds also […]

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