Other Exotic Plants
Lava Rock Bonsai Plant A dwarf form of Schefflera tree growing on a lava rock. Very easy to grow indoors. Lasts for years and gets better with age. "Care instructions on our "Growing Instruction" page. Makes a great gift too.
Super King Ixora Brilliant red grapefruit size blooms of tiny flowers bloom all over this medium sized shrub. Very colorful and can be in bloom year round. Full or filtered sun is best and warm temps to thrive. Grows well in pots.
Awa Also known as Kava outside of Hawaii. This is one of the strong dark varieties called Awa Mo'i. The stems are darker in color and the plant is full but shorter in size than others. It is one of the stronger medicinal varieties that was and is grown by the Hawaiians.
Calabash tree (Crescentia cujete) Called La'amia by the Hawaiians, this tree has many uses. The gourds are used as containers and cups, and to make arts and crafts.
Iao Sunset Plumeria A beautiful full pink flower with a touch of golden yellow in the center. As with any plumeria they are fast and easy growing as long as they get plenty of sun and are kept from cold air. Great for container growing which means they can be moved indoors in the winter when they go dormant to help protect them from cold.
Golden Plumeria Full round golden yellow flowers with pure white edges of the petals. The classic plumeria. As with any plumeria they are fast and easy growing as long as they get plenty of sun and are kept from cold air. Great for container growing which means they can be moved indoors in the winter when they go dormant to help protect them from cold.
Dwarf Plumeria Nice round white flowers with a darker center. Plants don't get more than 4 feet tall a are great for indoors with good light. As with any plumeria they are fast and easy growing as long as they get plenty of sun and are kept from cold air. Great for container growing, which means they can be moved indoors in the winter when they go dormant to help protect them from cold.
Red Plumeria Deep burgundy flowers. As with any plumeria they are fast and easy growing as long as they get plenty of sun and are kept from cold air. Great for container growing which means they can be moved indoors in the winter when they go dormant to help protect them from cold.
Chico Tree Also called Sapodilla, this is a small tropical fruit tree from Central America. The tree produces a gummy latex called chicle that is one of the main ingredients in some chewing gums. The fruit is about the size of a guava and is very sweet with the texture of a pear and the taste of caramel. It begins to produce once it gets about 4 ft tall and can be trimmed to keep small. Being tropical it will not tolerate a freeze at all but is a good candidate for tub growing.
Tahitian Gardenia This gardenia has very large pure white blooms that are a striking contrast to the large glossy deep green leaves. As with all gardenias it has a sweet fragrance when in bloom. Must be kept from cold and needs full sun to bloom best.
Kula Gardenia An outstanding gardenia from Thailand. Rich creamy white single flowers that turn bright orange as they age. A great bloomer that is in full display twice a year in Hawaii. Very nice fragrance. Must be kept from cold and needs full sun to bloom best.
Gardenia veitchii This gardenia has fragrant fluffy white flowers that are about 2 inches in diameter. A good winter bloomer and very popular for making leis. A bit more cool tolerant than others but still must be kept from cold and needs full sun to bloom best.
Noni (Morinda citrifolia) Noni has been grown throughout the Pacific for generations because of its medicinal properties. It is on its way to become one of Hawaii's new crops, and it is sought after by people all over the world. Besides its medicinal promises, it is also an attractive shrub and small tree. Grows well in pots but needs protection from cold temps. Sun or partial shade. The roots are also an excellent source of yellow dye.
Red Rhipsalis A fantastic plant that produces bright flaming red succulent leaves when grown in a sunny spot. It is an epiphytic cactus that grows along rock cliff faces or tree crotches in nature. It is perfect for a hanging baskets, where the branches will droop over the sides creating a very colorful display. For a couple months during the year, the edges of the leaves are covered with small white balls (inedible fruits) that add a wild contrast.
Indonesian Wax Ginger (Tapeinochilos ananassae) A shady growing plant that reaches 5 or more feet tall with a large red flower often described as an upside down pineapple. The plant has branching stems with spiraling dark green leaves. This plant should not be let to dry out between watering.
Zebra Costus This is a beautiful and easy plant to grow. It is like growing a ginger plant and does very well in containers. The plant sends out slender canes 2 to 4 feet long that are striped black and white creating a striking contrast. When it blooms it sends out brilliant orange cone-shaped inflorescence about 2 feet high from the base of the plant.
Pisonia grandis Instant year-round color. A great small tree for the landscape. The bright yellow green leaves provide brilliant contrast to other plants. For more color, grow in full sun. Very easy to grow and will do well as a container plant.
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Freycinetia cumingiana A climbing shrub from the Pandanus family that blooms with many long-lasting soft orange pink flowers mainly in the spring. It grows well in pots and looks best in bright filtered light. It is a favorite of florists since the blooms last very well after they are cut. If left untrimmed, it will grow 3 to 5 ft. tall. Must be kept from cold but grows easily indoors. Formerly called Freycinetia multiflora.
Persian Shield (Strobilanthes Dyerianus) This striking foliage plant comes from Burma (Myanmar) not Persia. It grows as a small shrub with brilliant metallic purple and green leaves. It is a fast and easy grower but needs protection from cold temps. It grows very well in pots and likes bright filtered light to bring out the brilliant color. Prunes very easily, which adds fullness to the shape. A terrific landscape plant for warm climates, providing instant year-round color. The Pisonia grandis makes a great companion plant for contrast.
Red Jade Vine (Mucuna Bennetti) A spectacular vine from New Guinea that produces masses of brilliant red flowers in 4-foot bunches that hang down under the foliage. It needs a lot of room or a large trellis to grow and show well. It likes warmth and really only does well in tropical or semitropical climates. Warm greenhouses are fine as long as there is room to grow and definitely worth the try.
Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) A medium-sized tropical tree.The Ylang Ylang is a good grower in full or partial sunlight. It is well-known for its fragrant greenish yellow flower, which has been said to have been used in a few well-known high quality perfumes.
Variegated Vanilla planifolia Yes, Vanilla is an orchid. It is native to Central & South America and is grown in all parts of the tropical world. It needs support to grow since it is has a vine-like habit. The flowers are a green color and somewhat resemble a cattleya flower. Once pollinated, the seed pod becomes the "Vanilla bean" It is a very easy orchid to grow and does best in strong filtered light. This variety has beautiful variegated leaves. large 1 ft.+ plants in 5-inch pots. We also sell Cacao trees...
Cocoa tree A great companion for your Vanilla plant. Cocoa comes from the Amazon Rainforest. It is an understory tree and needs protection from strong sun at least while young. They need a good deal of humidity and warmth to do well. The fruit or "bean" grows right out of the trunk and branches. It is also edible as a fruit. The cocoa seed in the fruit is what chocolate is made from. Not the easiest to grow outside of warm climates but for a severe chocoholic it may be worth a shot and you can brag that you grow your own.
Fragraea berteriana (Giant Puakenikeni) The 10-cent flower famous for it's sweet fragrance and beautiful leis This particular Puakenikeni is the "Giant Puakenikeni", and has flowers twice the size of the traditional Puakenikeni. A native of the South Pacific, it can grow into a small tree and blooms often when mature. Needs protection from cold and does best in strong filtered light. Can grow and flower in large containers easily.
Bat Flower (Tacca chantrieri) A rainforest understory plant that will grow to about 2 feet tall with lush tropical foliage. The flowers rise above the leaves and are a velvety black color with long whiskers. Very exotic looking. They are easy to grow but need protections from extremes. Best in partial shade and like a rich well-draining media. Nice size plants in 4-inch pots, blooming size.
Green Ti plant cuttings One of Hawaii's most useful and beautiful plants. It is also a symbol of good luck. These can be grown easily in full or partial sun.
Purple Kahili Ti plant cuttings Deep purple mini ti leafs tightly spaced and stay on the stalks for 3 or more feet. An excellent Ti for pot culture. Grow in full sun for the most color, but does very well in filtered light too.
Mahi Pink Ti plant cuttings A beautiful pink ti with very light almost white emerging leaves turning brilliant pink and green. The underside are a darker smokey pink. Excellent contrast. Grows best in bright filtered light but will tolerate bot full sun and shady conditions.
Aunty Lue Ti plant cuttings Bright red ti leaf of medium size. Grow in full sun for the most color.
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