What Kind of Plants Are in Hawaii?

Hawaii is a state that is part of the United States and is made solely of Islands. It is located southwest of the United States in the Pacific Ocean. Hawaii has a tropical climate with year round temperatures of approximately 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The climate is environmentally ideal for many different species of plant life.


Ixora (ixora coccinea) is a tropical evergreen shrub that is native to Asia and tropical areas of the world. The plant is also known as the West Indian jasmine and jungle flame. It is a dense, evergreen shrub that can grow up to 6 feet tall. The leaves of the ixora are glossy and grow up to 4 inches long. The flowers bloom in spring and grow in small, round crimson clusters up to 5 inches in diameter. Ixora prefers full sun for most of the day, and thrives in moist soils.

Caper Bush

The caper bush (Capparis spinosa) is a spiny, perennial bush that grows up to 3 feet tall. It has dark red stems and dark green rounded leaves. The flowers are pink to white in color and bloom from May to September. The plant produces an edible bud, called a caper, that is usually pickled and eaten. Caper bushes are salt tolerant and are often found growing wild near the ocean or sea. It prefers dry heat and gravel-type soils and can grow in cracks and crevices or stone walls and rock gardens.


Plumeria (frangipani) is an evergreen plant found in warm tropical areas of the pacific islands. The flowers are most commonly used in the production of leis. The flowers bloom in early summer through late fall and range in colors from pink, yellow, red, white to pastels. The plants can grow up to 40 feet tall and 20 feet wide. The plants prefer bright sun for at least 8 hours a day and well-drained soil.


Orchids (orchidaceae) are native to tropical areas and grow up to 5 feet in height. The flowers can bloom year round and range in color including pink, purple, yellow, white, blue and orange. There are many different varieties of orchids. They are hardy plants that prefer bright, indirect light and well-drained soil. They are commonly used as a houseplant and are considered a lot easier to care for than most people think. They are very adaptable to most home conditions.

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