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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ti Leaf, Green Ti leaf is used for making leis and for wrapping food in for flavor while cooking.  These ornamental plants come in a variety of shapes and colors.  The ones we received were like these, approximately 2-3 feet long and green throughout.  Sun or partial shade, average water. […]

Garlic, Society Garlic (like chives) This plant is often confused with chives because it looks similar and can be used in the place of it. Originating from South Africa, the plant is often used in Chinese or Malay cooking.  The flavor and scent is reminiscent of garlic and the flavor […]

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 […]

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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