The Flowers of Hawaii

Hawaiian gifts

Did you know that there are over 160 different Hawaiian flower and plant species? Because of its remote location in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, 89 percent of native plants found on the Islands are endemic (native to nowhere else in the world).

In this post, we'll share with you a Hawaiian flower we love:

Anthurium (anthurium andraeanum)


Duration: Perennial

Hawaiian Floral Hair Clips

Growth Habit: Herb/Forb

Hawaii Native Status: Cultivated. This ornamental garden plant and houseplant is native to Colombia and Ecuador.

Flower Color: White, Yellowish. The much more conspicuous floral spathes are red, pink, green, white, cream, or multicolored.

Flowering Season: Year-round

Height: Up to 3 feet (0.9 m) tall

Description: The tiny flowers are on a slender, finger-like or tail-like spadix above a very shiny, waxy, colorful, crinkled, heart-shaped spathe. The flowers are sometimes followed by small, fleshy berries. The leaves are large, glossy dark green or even black in some varieties, leathery, alternate, and oblong-heart-shaped to arrow-shaped. The plants are epiphytes but can be grown in loose rock, bark, and fiber soil mixtures.

In Hawaii, Anthuriums are grown in shady, humid tropical gardens or grown commercially for export and cut flowers. The showy inflorescences make very long-lasting cut flowers in tropical flower arrangements.

Special Characteristics: Poisonous – The plants are poisonous and contain calcium oxalate crystals, which can cause severe mouth irritation and swelling if ingested.

Since most Hawaiian flowers cannot survive in other climates, many opt for Hawaiian hair clips instead as a reminder of the beauty of the Islands, as well as an authentic and stylish accessory for any outfit.

Mahalo for reading. Please share the Aloha Spirit and do something nice for someone today. We welcome your comments and feedback. This blog is brought to you by Kapo Trading Company -- with over 3000 fun, unique and authentic Hawaiian items, we deliver Hawaii to you!

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