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30 Hawaiian Flowers Names | List of Hawaiian Flowers

Discover the best Hawaiian Flower Names noted for their pleasing fragrance and stunning colors that’ll stand out in your yard!

Hawaii is home to exotic and tropical flowers that are an integral part of its culture. You must have seen locals welcoming the visitors with a garland of orchids or plumeria! Discover the best Hawaiian Flowers Names and their growing habits!

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Hawaiian Flowers Names

1. Plumeria

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Botanical Name: Plumeria rubra

USDA Zones: 9-11

Plumeria was discovered in Mexico in the 1800s. In Hawaii, plumeria blooms pink and purple flowers between April and November. The pods have the potential to produce flowers 365 days, depending on the location and climate.

Growing Tips

It thrives in well-drained, acidic soil under full sunlight.

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2. Heliconia

Botanical Name: Heliconia rostrata

USDA Zones: 10-13

Also known as ‘Lobster claw,’ Heliconia is native to the belts of Costa Rica, Colombia, and Peru. It flowers yearly and can grow up to 12-16 feet tall.

The flowers are found in many shapes, sizes, and colors, including yellow and scarlet-red, edged with yellow-green. It is one of the best Hawaiian flowers you can grow!

Growing Tips

Heliconia prefers full to partial shade and well-drained soil.

3. Birds of Paradise

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Botanical Name: Strelitzia reginae

USDA Zones: 10-12

Bird of Paradise or Crane flower is one of the most recognized Hawaiian flower names. It displays blue-green leaves with a red midrib, while the orange petals complement the thick evergreen foliage.

The plant can grow up to 4-5 feet in height and 2-3 feet wide, making them ideal to be grown as an indoor houseplant!

Growing Tips

Bird of paradise requires fertile loamy, well-drained soil, and full sun or partial shade for optimum growth.

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4. Hawaiian Hibiscus


Botanical Name: Hibiscus brackenridgei

USDA Zones: 9-10

Native to Hawaii, in 1988, yellow hibiscus was declared the national flower by the Hawaiian Government. It can be found in shades of white, pink, red, and yellow. The plant may flower daily, but the blossoms hardly last more than a few days.

Growing Tips

This hibiscus variety likes moist, well-drained soil and full sun or partial shade.

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5. Ohia Lehua

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Botanical Name: Metrosideros polymorpha

USDA Zones: 9-11

Ohia lehua flowers abundantly in Spring with salmon pink, white, yellow, red, and orange shades. The fruit of this plant is the favorite of Hawaiian honeycreepers. Its bark and young leaves have several medicinal properties.

Growing Tips

Ohia lehua thrives well in boggy or basalt soil, high humidity, and full sun.

6. Pikake


Botanical Name: Jasminum sambac

USDA Zones: 8-11

Pikake or Hawaiian Peacock Jasmine is a popular flower in Hawaii. This plant can be grown as a trailing vine or shrub.

It flowers throughout the year in frost-free zones though it blossoms profusely in summer. The flowers are available in cream or chalk-white shades.

Growing Tips

Grow pikake jasmine in full sunlight. Mist the plant and leaves daily.

7. Ilima

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Botanical Name: Sida fallax

USDA Zones: 10-11

Ilima or ‘Black Coral’ can be found in the forests of O’ahu and Kaua’i. Some coastal varieties feature velvet-like soft hairs, while the few mountain types have a pointed apex. The plant produces a five-petal flower in yellow to orange shade.

Growing Tips

Plant Ilima flower in full sun and avoid overwatering.

8. Red Ginger

Botanical Name: Alpinia purpurata

USDA Zones: 8-11

The plant is perfect for the climatic conditions in South Florida, as the temperature doesn’t drop below freezing. The floral bracts consist of pink, red, and white colors. It is one of the best Hawaiian flowers you can grow!

Growing Tips

Plant ornamental Red Ginger plant in a moist, warm location in full sun or partial shade. Use mildly acidic soil with pH 6.0-6.5 amended with compost.

9. Anthurium

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Botanical Name: Anthurium andraeanum

USDA Zones: 10-11

Anthuriums include more than 500 species and are available in red, purple, green, white, and pink shades. The leaf exhibits a glossy and waxy texture that may even look artificial!

Growing Tips

Anthurium needs protection from direct sun and wind. Water the plant regularly but allow it to dry between watering.

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10. Passion Fruit Flower

Botanical Name: Passiflora edulis

USDA Zones: 9-12

In tropical and subtropical regions, passion fruit flower is grown commercially for its sweet fruit. It has a distinct floral shape with oblong green sepals and white petals that form a fringe with a purple base and five stamens.

It flowers in red, pink, white, purple, and blue color.

Growing Tips

The passion fruit flower thrives well in well-drained, moist soil under full to partial shade.

11. Naupaka

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Botanical Name: Scaevola taccada

USDA Zones: 10-12

Native to Hawaii, the Naupaka flower is prized for its unique shape and fragrance. The flower looks as if half of its portion is missing.

Two main varieties are available. One grows on beaches, and the other in the mountains. The female type is more fragrant than the male ‘beach’ variety.

Growing Tips

The drought-tolerant Naupaka flourishes in full sun to light shade.

12. Protea

Botanical Name: Protea cynaroides

USDA Zones: 9-12

Also known as a honeypot, the plant is endemic to South Africa and was first planted in Hawaii in the 1970s.

The distinct-looking flower has a long vase life in floral arrangements surrounded by colorful bracts that range from deep crimson to creamy white. It is one of the best Hawaiian flowers you can grow!

Growing Tips

It prefers hot and dry summer. Grow this plant in sandy, well-drained soil under a sunny spot with ample air circulation.

13. Kahili Ginger

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Botanical Name: Hedychium gardnerianum

USDA Zones: 8-13

Kahili’s flowers are adorned with feathers and long flowing branches. The plant can grow up to 6-8 feet tall but remains small in containers. It has many common names, including Yellow Ginger Lily, Kahili Garland Lily, and Kahili Ginger.

Growing Tips

Kahili ginger plant responds well in fertile, moist, well-draining soil. Mix potting soil with sand and peat moss for optimum growth.

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14. Uki Uki

Botanical Name: Dianella sandwicensis
USDA Zones: 9-11

Uki Uki is also called the Hawaiian Lily. Although the flowers are not ornamental, they look beautiful, with white to pale blue flowers against tall, slender leaves. 

Growing Tips

It can thrive well in both full sunlight and complete shade outdoors and indoors. 

15. Nanu

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Botanical Name: Gardenia brighamii

USDA Zones: 8-11

Hawaiian Gardenia is endemic to Hawaii and belongs to the Coffee family of Rubiaceae. With white fragrant flowers and dark green, ovate, glossy leaves, the plant can grow up to 15-16 feet. 

Growing Tips

It prefers to grow in full, bright sunlight when grown in cooler zones and filtered, light shade in hotter zones. 

16. Kanawao


Botanical Name: Broussaisia arguta

USDA Zones: 8-11

Kanawao belongs to the Hydrangea family, which is endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. With showy flowers, it is a long-lived plant that can reach 15-20 feet and thrive best in higher elevations. 

Growing Tips

You should deeply water the soil 2-3 times weekly to promote root growth.

17. Pua Kala 

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Botanical Name: Argemone glauca

USDA Zones: 6-10

Pua Kala is also known as Beach Poppy, Prickly Poppy, and Hawaiian Poppy. The huge flowers are showy white with a bright yellow center and look gorgeous all year round against the waxy leaves. 

Growing Tips

Grow this flower in a spot that enjoys full sunlight for 5-8 hours daily and underwater sometimes to allow the roots to dry periodically. 

18. Koʻoloaʻula


Botanical Name: Abutilon menziesii

USDA Zones: 9-11

With charming red, pink, purple, butter, salmon, and maroon-colored hibiscus-like flowers, it can be found in the dry forests of Hawaii Islands, O’ahu, Maui, and Lana’i. 

Growing Tips

Mist this flower daily to meet its humidity needs.

19. Molokai Ohaha 

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Botanical Name: Brighamia rockii

USDA Zones: 10-12

The Molokai Ohaha belongs to the Bellflower family and is endemic to Moloka’i Island. The trumpet-shaped, white, fragrant flowers look lovely against the shiny, green foliage in late fall. 

Growing Tips

Allow soil to dry slightly once every 10-12 days, and do not overwater.

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20. Hina Hina


Botanical Name: Geranium cuneatum

USDA Zones: 9-12

Hinahina, also called Silver Geranium, is commonly found in drier, open areas at higher altitudes. Each flower comprises five egg-shaped, narrow, white-to-yellowish petals with purple lines. 

Growing Tips

Choose a location that receives 5-8 hours of direct sunlight.

21. Mamane

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Botanical Name: Sophora chrysophylla

USDA Zones: 10-11

Mamane is a small tree that can grow up to 40-50 feet and belongs to Fabaceae’s Pea and Bean family. The plant looks stunning, with golden-colored branches covered in bright yellow, pea-shaped flower clusters. It is one of the best Hawaiian flowers you can grow!

Growing Tips

Add perlite or peat moss to the potting soil, or use cactus mix for best results.

22. Oahu Pilo Kea


Botanical Name: Platydesma cornuta

USDA Zones: 8-11

Oahu Pilo Kea, also known as Alani, is another endangered species from the Island of Oahu. The blooms begin in square-shaped, sturdy spiked green cases that open up into waxy, white, bell-shaped flowers on maturity.

Growing Tips

Water it thoroughly every 2-4 days for the first 1-4 weeks after planting.

23. Ma’ohi’ohi

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Botanical Name: Stenogyne microphylla

USDA Zones: 11-12

Its vine-like growing habit does not harm other plants and helps repel damaging grazers. The long, curved flowers are in shades of purple, white, and magenta that the Amakihi bird pollinates. 

Growing Tips

It needs slightly acidic soil; if your soil is not, add 1-2 teaspoons of Epsom salt once every 30-40 days. 

24. Alulu


Botanical Name: Hillebrandia sandwicensis

USDA Zones: 9-11

Hawaii’s only known relic plant that survived from a primitive time, Alulu, belongs to the Begoniaceae family. The white or pink flowers bloom from February-June and are extinct on the Big Island. 

Growing Tips

It thrives best in hot and dry conditions under full sunlight.

25. Koki’o

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Botanical Name: Kokia cookei

USDA Zones: 9-11

Koki’o, also called Moloka’i Treecotton, is one of the rarest plants in the world, with only 23 grafted plants alive. The plant produces red flowers that look like the Hibiscus. 

Growing Tips

Store the seeds in the refrigerator to save this almost extinct plant. Grow it in partial shade to full light. 

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26. Hawaiian Iliau


Botanical Name: Wilkesia gymnoxiphium

USDA Zones: 8-11

Hawaiian Iliau belongs to the Sunflower family of Asterachea, endemic to Kaua’i Island. The plant blooms daisy-like, yellow flowers from May to July.

It is another Hawaiian flower listed as endangered and surely one of the unique Hawaiian flowers you can grow!

Growing Tips

Keep the soil moist and provide 4-6 hours of direct sunlight.

27. Nehe

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Botanical Name: Lipochaeta connata

USDA Zones: 7-11

Nehe, also known as Lipochaeta, belongs to the family of Daisy, which is endemic to Hawaii, particularly the Kaua’i and Ni’ihau Islands. The tiny daisy-like, yellow flowers with a green center bloom throughout the year. 

Growing Tips

Use a slow-release, balanced fertilizer once every six months for the best results.

28. Ohe ‘ohe


Botanical Name: Polyscias racemosa

USDA Zone: 8-11

Ohe ‘ohe, also called False Ohe, looks spectacular with small, pale yellow flowers hanging from the rope-like strands that the main straight trunk produces. 

Growing Tips

Do not feed this plant, and reduce the watering for 45-60 days in early Spring for the best growth.

29. Cosmosflower Beggarticks

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Botanical Name: Bidens cosmoides

USDA Zones: 8-11

Cosmos flower Beggarticks is endemic to Kaua’i island and is one of the largest from the Bidens genus. The plant looks attractive against thick, long stamens with bright yellow-orange flowers and dark red throats.

Growing Tips

It can grow well in medium-poor soil, with full sunlight and sufficient water, keeping it moist. Add a thin layer of mulch to conserve moisture. 

30. Hawaiian Red Cranesbill

Botanical Name: Geranium Arboreum

USDA Zones: 8-11

An endangered specimen with only 50 plants alive, the Hawaiian Red Cranesbill belongs to Maui and can grow up to 10-13 feet in the wild.

The red to fuschia blooms look extraordinarily attractive with rough-edged leaves. It is one of the best Hawaiian flowers you can grow!

Growing Tips

Protect your plant from the intense afternoon heat. Shear the spent blooms to prevent self-seeding and encourage more blooms. 

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