Tropical Flowers in Maui

The Hawaiian island of Maui is a haven for year-round tropical flowers that spread in carpets over the fertile soil and are nourished by constant rainfall and sun. Each island in this chain has flowers distinctive to its region, culture and tradition, and Maui is no different. Maui is known for the fascinating protea flowers and the island's official flower, the pink lolelani, to name a few.


Although the ixora (Ixora sp) grows on all of the Hawaiian islands, this sun lover flourishes specifically on Maui as a walkway and landscaping tropical flower. The short bushes have flexible branches and flowers that range from white, coral, purple, sunshine yellow, red, pink and blue. Ixora is commonly used for decorating tabletops during celebrations. It dries out easily and needs consistently moist soil to thrive. Regular fertilization will keep the ixora at its optimum health and promote more blooming. A trellis can help make the ixora grow into a climbing flowering plant.


As the official flower of Maui, the pink lokelani (Rosa damascena), also known as the "Rose of Heaven" has been a part of the island's native life since the 1800s, popular for the sweet fragrance and easy maintenance. Even though it is the only non-native tropical flower to be an official island flower, the lokelani also is known as the pink cottage rose and is a staple of Hawaiian landscapes, especially in gardens. The lokelani grows best is well-drained, moist soil and partial sun.


The long-lasting protea flourishes in the Kula area of Maui and are amongst the world's most unusual and beautiful flowers. Named for the Greek God Proteus (who would change his appearance whenever he wanted), there are more than 1,400 varieties of Proteas in Maui alone. These are popular tropical flowers because they live and keep their blooms for weeks at a time. Common proteas on Maui include the Hybrid Duchess, a coral and yellow-hued spiky round flower that resembles a small pineapple; the Sunrise Pincushion, that looks just like it's name; and the Green Mink, a pine cone-shaped flower whose petals slowly change from green to white to burgundy from top to bottom. Proteas do best in partial sun and moist soil.


Hibiscus (hibiscus brackenridgei) thrives on all of the Hawaiian islands, but this is because they are a major part of the culture and landscape. Since the 1920s, Hawaiians have nodded to the sun-loving hibiscus as the state flower, otherwise known as the pua aloalo. In 1988, the yellow hibiscus officially became the state flower. Maui has a wide range of colors of the hibiscus, not only yellow, but pink, coral and white as well. They are ideal for tourist areas, parks, gardens, and also grow along the beaches. Hibiscus grow best in consistently moist soil.

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