Mau hau hele is an endemic shrub that is listed as endangered. As a utility-friendly plant, It won’t reach much more than 15 feet. More often, it grows to the 5 to 8 foot range. As with all hibiscus, these can be trimmed to the desired height and shape, although it has an elegant form in its natural state.
Mau hau hele produces bright, sunny flowers prominently displayed at the branch tips, singularly or in groups. Yellow petals with varying shades of maroon in the center blend well with a yellow staminal column. However, these aren’t the best flowers to tuck behind the ear. Prickles at the base of the flower are irritating.
It performs best with full sun. A perfect xeriscape plant, It is suitable for both wet and dry situations, even drought-prone areas. In general, it is a fast-growing, low-maintenance plant. As with all hibiscus, Chinese rose beetle and other sucking insects can be a problem.
Propagation is by seed or vegetative.
- Container plant
- Cultural significance
- Cut flower
- No dangers