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Hedychium gardnerianum.

This plant was brought to Hawaii as an ornamental plant, but has since become naturalized and is considered to be an invasive species. The inflorescence is quite attractive, but its beauty fades within a week. There is little or no fragrance to the flowers. The blooming season is mostly during the warm months, but an attractive display of bright red-orange aril-covered seeds occurs during the winter months, as maturing capsules in the old inflorescence split open to disperse the seeds within.

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 Plumeria obtuse

Although this plant is from the West Indies and Central America, one can find it distributed throughout the tropics because of its beautiful, highly fragrant white, but yellow-centered flowers. Many a grave site has been planted with one of these.

After its introduction into Hawaii over a century ago, Lei makers quickly adopted the flower as a prime choice in lei making because of their durability and the fact that the flowers remain fragrant for several days after being picked.

The dark green, shiny leaves are usually rounded at their tip (obtuse), and remain on the plant throughout the winter months on the warm, sunny leeward side of the Island, but most of them fall off the plant on the cooler, cloudier windward side.

Foliar fungal diseases are also more problematic on the windward, wetter side of the Island. Plants are easily started from stem cuttings, but it is necessary to allow the cut ends to stay dry for at least a week before sticking the cutting into a very well-drained rooting mix. Locally, volcanic cinders are used as a rooting medium. The plant contains a white sap (latex), which is reported to be mildly toxic if ingested.

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Lonicera japonica

This vigorous evergreen vine is found in most states of the USA either as an invited guest in many a garden or as an invasive plant. It is known best for its fragrant flowers that are initially white upon opening, but turn yellow within a day and fall from the plant within another day or so. Children sometimes pull the flowers off and suck a little sweet nectar out of the base of the flower, hence the common name of the vine. Yellow ginger plants fragrance is nearly the same, but even more intense.

The fruit is an inedible black berry, which birds readily eat, thus dispersing the seeds. The vine also roots easily wherever it contacts the soil.

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Agave attenuataAgave attenuata

Unlike many species of Agave, this one is not armed with sharp spines, although the central tip of the plant looks very sharp. The arrangement of the leaves is very symmetrical about the center, and the smooth surface of each leaf is covered with a thin, pale white coating of wax, which is very water repellent and gives the leaves a blue-gray coloration.

When the plant is large enough to bloom (perhaps 5 to 10 years of age), it produces an inflorescence (technically a spike) up to 10 feet in length from which many hundreds of yellow-green flowers are displayed in a brush-like arrangement. Someone with a good imagination likened the display to a giant fox tail. It makes an attractive specimen plant and is a good rock garden subject.

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 Nephrolepis cordifolia

Hawaiian name for this plant is Kupukupu and it is an Indigenous Plant to Hawaii. This fern is closely related to the native Florida Sword Fern, but that species does not produce underground tubers.

Because ferns reproduce by means of spores which are extremely small, many species of ferns are widely distributed over the world, being caught up in high altitude jet streams and traveling thousands of miles. One reference stated that this species is native to Australia and the Himalaya Mountains and is considered to have been introduced to Hawaii. However, another reference on Hawaiian native plants states that this fern is native to all of the main Hawaiian Islands.

Its Hawaiian name is Kupukupu, and it was used in lei by the early inhabitants of Hawaii. It grows well in full sun or with a little shade, and it must have good drainage, as standing water will kill the roots.

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Asparagus aethiopicus

Asparagus is a dioecious flowering plant, and not a fern, hence the common name is misleading, once-again. This plant is often grown in hanging baskets on the mainland, and is very ornamental when it is in fruit with its bright red berries. In Hawaii, some gardeners plant borders of this plant and then trim it into a small hedge, which makes for a lot of maintenance. The plant has some invasive potential, as it sprouts easily from the seeds. Like many other species of Asparagus, this one produces sharp thorns on its sprawling shoots, so gloves are highly recommended when working with the plant.

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Michelia figo

This evergreen, medium-sized shrub does not attract much attention until it blooms and people nearby start looking for the ripe bananas that they can smell, only to find that the intense banana fragrance originates from the inch long pale yellow flowers that are hidden among the leaves. This plant will grow in the Sacramento area of California. It blooms in the late spring and early summer months here in the Garden.

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