Maiapilo is a beautiful native coastal plant with large, fragrant flowers. It does not tolerate over-watering but does tolerate salt spray. It makes an excellent groundcover in dry coastal areas and lava fields.
The short-lived but gorgeous white flowers are open in the evening and fade from white to pink as the day progresses. The fruit is cucumber-shaped, containing tiny black seeds that will germinate, follows the flowers. It can be challenging to grow in a garden setting but gratifying once established.
Hawaiians used the plant medicinally to treat muscle conditions. Although related to the Mediterranean caper, maiapilo is not known to be edible.
- Container plant
- Cultural significance
- No dangers