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Photo Credit: Forest & Kim Starr

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Photo Credit: Forest & Kim Starr

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Photo Credit: Forest & Kim Starr

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Photo Credit: Forest & Kim Starr

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Photo Credit: Heidi Bornhorst

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Photo Credit: Forest & Kim Starr

QUICK FACTS

  • HPRWA SCORE
  • SYNONYMS
  • ELEVATION RANGE Low|Mid|High
  • FAMILY Liliaceae
  • PLANT TYPE Ground cover
  • WATER REQUIRMENTS Drought tolerant
  • SOIL REQUIRMENTS Tolerates many soil types
  • SUN EXPOSURE Full sun, Partial sun, Full shade
  • SALT TOLERANCE None
  • DRAINAGE REQUIRED Requires good drainage
  • PROPAGATION METHODS Seeds

Dianella sandwicensis
(`uki`uki, Hawaiian lily)

This native lily is a beautiful groundcover that produces spikes of white flowers and striking blue fruit year-round. The blue fruit is still used to die kapa cloth or is strung into colorful lei. Hawaiians used the leaves to make cordage and thatch houses. `Uki uki makes a beautiful, easy to grow groundcover that is typically is planted at 8-16" spacing. It grows in diverse environments, as it tolerates drought but also grows in higher rainfall areas.

Plant Uses

  • Container plant
  • Erosion control
  • Ornamental
  • Cultural significance

Dangers

None