Here are the top 5 reasons you should grow native plants. One easy way to help native species thrive and survive is by giving them a home in your gardens and landscaping. Nurturing native plants provides each of us the chance to participate in healing the land while offering habitat to native fauna … [Read more...] about 5 reasons to Grow Native
Long ago, the Scaevola genus' buoyant seeds floated across the Pacific: cruising on currents, riding on waves, and finally landing upon distant shores to grow. Modern day studies have shown that Scaevola seeds are most viable after spending an average of 250 days floating in the ocean. This explains … [Read more...] about Naupaka kahakai, The right plant for the right place
Many consider holly to be a Christmastime favorite. However, the tree associated with the holiday season’s cheer is nothing but bad tidings for native ecosystems. In Hawai'i, holly is invasive. The Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge, one of the most pristine and healthy native ecosystems in the … [Read more...] about Invasive Holly in Hakalau, Hawaii
Holiday traditions vary by family, culture, and geographic location. One thing remains constant: traditions are learned and passed on through generations. Some traditions stay the same, some are forgotten, and some are tweaked to suit changing needs or values. As an island state, we approach many … [Read more...] about 10 Christmas tree substitutes for Hawai’i
A menace for Hawai'i: A newly established weed promises to add even more burden to gardeners and plant lovers. Hairy crabweed (Fatoua villosa) was recently found invading a Hilo garden. Just a few weeks after planting a locally purchased Samoan gardenia, an unsuspecting gardener found hairy … [Read more...] about A new weed in potted plants
Betrayed by beauty - Invasive Medinilla: Medinilla magnifica and Medinilla cumminigii are invasive species in Hawaii. Yet, some garden stores continue to promote and sell them as prized horticultural specimens. Profusely blooming and fruiting, the plant blooms with showy pink or purple flowers that … [Read more...] about Is Medinilla invasive in Hawaii?