Hibiscus waimeae is a flowering shrub endemic to Kauai. Considered a ‘utility friendly‘ plant, it won’t reach more than 15 feet tall. 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 is an elegant tree in its natural state.
Hibiscus waimeae profusely blooms most of the year, taking a short break at the end of winter. The red stamen contrasts nicely with the pure white petals. Prominently displayed at the branch tips, the dainty flowers put on a beautiful display. Their small size is perfect for tucking behind the ear.
It performs best with some shade. 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. However, as with all hibiscus, Chinese rose beetle and other sucking insects are a problem.
It has a long history of cultivation. Hawaiians grew these ornamentally to beautify their yard. Only two hibiscus species are scented, and both are native white hibiscus.
- Container plant
- Cultural significance
- Cut flower
- Lei flower
- Privacy / screening
- No dangers