Okra, a distant cousin of hibiscus, is grown for edible seed pods and is popular in US southern and even Japanese cuisine. The variety we have is Jambalaya Okra, which produces prolifically and can be harvested quickly. Well suited to Hawaii’s climate, after its large yellow and red flower blooms […]

This came to us recently as a donation and has done exceptionally well. Wandering Jew comes in many varieties and colors. This variety is known as Purple Heart or Purple Queen. The plant is in the spiderwort family. The plant grows easily through cuttings and division and thrives in partial […]

The Asia Ip and Britton varieties come from Johnny’s Seeds. The green shiso is grown from the seed stock of shiso originally purchased locally at Leilani’s Nursery in Waimanalo. Green is a staple, the type you get in sushi. Britton is pretty, but a little less tender. Asia Ip is […]

Giant Ruellia is a hardy plant which will grown in full sun as well as shade. It can be propagated by division, seed or cuttings. Stems are purple-hued and short-lived purple flowers bloom regularly. Makes an excellent border plant or hedge which reaches a height of about 3 feet tall. […]

Chives, scientific name Allium schoenoprasum, are an edible species of the genus Allium. Their close relatives include the garlic, shallot, leek, scallion, and Chinese onion. A perennial plant, it is widespread in nature across much of Europe, Asia, and North America. This variety has white flowers and reproduces by bunching […]

Also known as “Moses in the Cradle,” the oyster plant is hardy and can grow in shade, including indoor lighting. Popular due to its green foliage and purple underside, the plant reproduces through roots and can be divided easily. Good for weed control or shaded areas where other plants may […]

Epazote (pronounced eh-pah-ZOH-teh) is an aromatic herb; both the fresh leaves and tender stems are used in cooking. The epazote plant is a leafy annual or short-lived perennial plant that can reach 4 feet in height. Its dark green, long, slender, jagged leaves end in a point. The flowers are green and […]

Hawaiian baby woodrose is an ornamental plant that is related to the morning glory plant. The climbing vine can be found in Florida, California, and Hawaii as well as other warm weather climates.  The flowers dry naturally and are often used in crafts such as wreaths.

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