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11 Most Fragrant Hawaiian Flowers

Here’s an exclusive list of the most Fragrant Hawaiian Flowers that can bring a fresh scent to anywhere you grow them!

Discover the beautiful Fragrant Hawaiian Flowers reminiscent of the tropical paradise of Hawaii. These beautiful blooms fill the air with delightful scents, immersing you in the serene and captivating essence of the islands.

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1. Gardenia

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Botanical Name: Gardenia

First on the list of fragrant Hawaiian flowers, gardenia is at its peak from spring to summer, dispersing a strong and long-lasting scent.

2. Tuberose


Botanical Name: Polianthes tuberosa

Tuberose, also known as “kupalo” in Hawaiian, is a white flower that keeps its fragrance for a long time, even after they are picked.

3. Puakenikeni

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Botanical Name: Fagraea berteroana

Next on the list of fragrant Hawaiian flowers, this plant blooms in white or gold color and carries a sweet scent. It was valuable for making leis in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

4. Plumeria

Botanical Name: Plumeria

The ‘Melia’ flower, a small plumeria tree from Hawaii, carries a mil scent. Plumerias are strongly associated with the Hawaiian islands due to their use in Hawaiian leis.

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5. Hawaiian Ginger

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Botanical Name: Zingiber officinale

The flowering ginger plant has many types, and each one smells really good! The most popular fragrant Hawaiian flowers are awapuhi ‘ula ‘ula or red ginger!

6. Arabian Jasmine

Botanical Name: Jasminum sambac

While not native to Hawaii, pikake has been a part of the Hawaiian culture for centuries. It is used extensively in the creation of leis, a symbol of love, friendship, and celebration

7. Hono Hono Orchid

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Botanical Name: Dendrobium anosmum

Also popular as the Hawaiian Fragrant Dendrobium, it produces fragrant flowers in clusters at the tips of the pseudobulbs. They are showy with a waxy texture.

8. Crinum Lily


Botanical Name: Crinum asiaticum

Next on the list is the crinum lily. It produces attractive white blooms with a fragrance that has hints of vanilla and citrus.

9. Mock Orange

Botanical Name: Philadelphus

In Hawaii, mock orange is common in gardens and landscapes for its attractive appearance and delightful fragrance. It has a citrus-like scent.

10. Naupaka


Botanical Name: Scaevola

These fragrant blooms have a light, sweet fragrance, and the plant holds cultural significance in Hawaiian legends.

11. Mokihana

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Botanical Name: Melicope hawaiensis
Mokihana is a native Hawaiian plant with small, green berries that emit a pleasant fragrance when crushed or dried. The fragrance is a mix of anise and sandalwood.

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