Sansevieria trifasciata, commonly known as Mother-in-law’s tongue in Hawaii, it is also known by other names such as Saint George’s sword or snake plant. It is used predominantly as an ornamental plant, outdoors in warmer climates, and indoors as a houseplant in cooler climates. It is popular as a houseplant because it is […]

Thai basil is widely used in the cuisines of Southeast Asia, including Thai, Vietnamese, Lao, and Cambodian cuisines. In addition to having a basil flavor, the herb has overtones of anise and licorice. It is a welcome addition to any Hawaii garden, as it is a tropical perennial that can be harvested throughout the year. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pele’s Hair / Spanish Moss (Airplant) Also known as Spanish Moss, Green-grey Pele’s Hair is rough, almost vine-like. It absorbs water and nutrients from the air around it.  In Hawaii, it is often used for lei.  It is a succulent, needing only an occasional spray of water for moisture. Best […]

Oregano (Cuban) Cuban oregano, a succulent herb, is native to India and not a “true oregano.”  However, it can be used in place of oregano in cooking and is a hardy plant requiring not much more than sunlight, scant water and an occasional treat of fertilizer.  The plant grows upward […]

Mint A fragrant plant used in many different cultural dishes.  It can be crushed and used in drinks or to add zest to a salad.  Mint propagates by root and spreads rapidly.  It is a water-loving plant, but tolerates an occasional skipping.  Keep in partial shade to full sun.

Mugwort Mugwort is said to be drought-tolerant and grows to approximately 2.60 feet. Flowers are deep yellow in color and occur in late summer.  Blooms are a great attractor for butterflies and bees.  In a container however, mugwort requires a lot of water and spreads rapidly through roots.  The plant […]

Kupukupu Fern Indigenous Hawaii plant popular for haku leis.  Kupukupu is hardy and can tolerate most soil conditions, but it grows best in a moist, well drained soil or medium. The fern grows well in full sun and partial shade.  Indoors, it can be kept on partially lit windowsills with […]

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