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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 arrangements and lei.

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, with average watering. This variety does excellent in containers.

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 additional growth.  Store seeds in freezer for best results.



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.

Pink Dragonfruit

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Biannual fruiting season, summer and winter.  This cactus requires minimal care throughout the year.  Edible fruit is easy to peel and attractive to serve. Stick cactus leaf in the ground to propagate.

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 suited for outdoors and filtered sunlight.