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alpinia-vittataAlpinia vittata

Striped Narrow Leaf Ginger is a species of flowering plants in the ginger family, native to a region from the Bismarck Archipelago in the Solomon Islands. They are evergreen rhizomatous soft-wooded perennial cultivated as ornamental plants. Striped Narrow Leaf Ginger are plants of forest understory habitat in hot and moist climate all year round.

The tall shoots of green and white striped foliage make this an attractive plant, but the sun-scorch on many of the leaves indicates that this plant should best be grown under partially shaded conditions. The terminal inflorescence is a pink-red color and is not especially showy, compared with other species of Alpinia.

This plant is among the most attractive and commonly grown species of this genus and is cultivated mainly for its beautiful and striking foliage.

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senna_alata

Senna alata

The prominent, upright, bright yellow inflorescence of this plant gives meaning to several of its common names, while its species name relates to the side-wings that develop on each of its many seed pods.

Under favorable growing conditions, it can attain flowering size in less than 6 months, and it can produce large numbers of seeds that are quick to germinate with warmth and moisture, so it has high invasive potential. In Mexico, its place of origin, its ground up fresh leaves are applied two or three times a day as a paste to successfully cure fungal skin infections like athlete’s foot.

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jasminum-multiflorum

Jasminum multiflorum

Here in Hawaii, this jasmine blooms the year around. Unfortunately the common garden ‘Thrips’ infests the flowers as they open, so when one leans over to smell the flowers of a nearby inflorescence, care should be taken to avoid accidentally inhaling one of those tiny black bugs along with the fragrance. Actually, one doesn’t need to get too close to the plant to smell the flowers because of so many being open on the whole plant.

The inflorescence and the foliage are covered with a fine but dense coat of hairs, which gives the plant a slight gray cast to its green color. The plant readily sprouts from root suckers, and thus has a somewhat invasive tendency. Vigorous shoots also grow from the base of the plant, and these will twine around any kind of support that they might encounter as they grow, so the plant has an aggressive vine-like habit to go along with its invasive root suckering, so this plant requires strict management to keep it in-bounds.

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hydrangea-macrophyllaHydrangea macrophylla

These plants are probably best known for their showy, globose inflorescences that are blue in acid soils and pink in alkaline soils. Blooming potted plants are often sold by florists and in garden centers around Easter, and will grow outdoors in most parts of the USA, including Hawaii. They can get up to around 4 feet in height and width. Here they will produce flowers during most of the long-day portion of the year, and even into the fall months. A late winter application of fertilizer is very beneficial to large bloom production. Most of our soils in Hawaii are acidic, hence the predominance of blue-flowered plants here. One can cut flowering stems from the plants and hang them upside down to dry and then use them in dry floral arrangements. They grow best when the soil is kept continually moist and where they get some afternoon shade.

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rosa-polyantha

Rosa polyantha

This one dates back to about 1881, so it is officially an antique rose. Here it blooms the year around. Unfortunately, we have a long-established infestation of Chinese Rose Beetles in the whole region, and they are constantly eating holes in the leaves of this plant in particular, but also in the leaves of many other Garden plants. These pests burrow into the soil during the daytime and emerge to feed on their favorite plants at dusk and on into the night.

The miniature pink flower buds on this rose mimic the much larger modern hybrid tea roses, and they are delicately scented. Regular fertilization and thinning out type pruning are necessary to promote maximum flowering in any rose, and, here we need to add treatment with some kind of insecticide (preferably a systemic one) to control the rose beetles.

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gardenia-coronataGardenia coronata

This Gardenia is a genus of flowering plants in the coffee family, Rubiaceae, native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia, Madagascar and Pacific Islands. The genus was named by Carl Linnaeus and John Ellis after Dr. Alexander Garden (1730-1791), a Scottish-born American naturalist.

The flowers are extremely fragrant during their 3 to 4 day life-span. They open creamy-white and then become yellow and finally bright yellow-orange just before they fall from the plant. The flower has a long, slender floral tube up to 3 inches in length that flares out into 6 to 12 petals each about ¾-inch long. Here the plant seems to bloom about every 8 weeks or so, with each blooming period lasting about 2 weeks. It performs best in full sun, but will tolerate some shade. It roots readily from stem cuttings.

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myristica-fragransMyristica fragrans

The Nutmeg Tree is an evergreen tree indigenous to the Moluccas (or Spice Islands) of Indonesia. It is important as the main source of the spices nutmeg and mace. It is widely grown across the tropics including Guangdong and Yunnan in China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Grenada in the Caribbean, Kerala in India, Sri Lanka and South America.

Yes, we actually get two spices from this one tree—nutmeg and mace—the latter being derived from a red aril that partially surrounds the nutmeg seed as it develops and matures in the green husk surrounding both. The tree is dioecious, with the specimen in the Rainbow Garden being a female tree. The male tree on the property is in our Arboretum more than 400 yards away from the female, so we are not getting any nutmeg fruits on this tree.

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