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Native Hawaiian Seed

Native Hawaiian seed is the basis for all large scale applications of native plants. It is these plants that are best adapted to Hawaii’s unique climate, soil, and landscape. Native Hawaiian seed opens unlimited amounts of possibilities in restoration, reforestation, and landscaping. The scale of projects are only limited by imagination.

Native Hawaiian seed is uniform in shape and size, and lightweight in comparison to other methods of propagation. This allows the seed to be storable, and for some of them indefinitely. It makes Native Hawaiian seed very portable and easy to move from one place to the next. It is possible to have thousands of potential plants in the palm of your hand. This makes immediate implementation of huge populations of plants happen overnight.

Direct seeding of Native Hawaiian plants is the most effective natural method of propagation. The seed knows when conditions are most optimal for growth and survival. When opportunity presents itself, seed will show its full potential and a Native Hawaiian forest will emerge.

Using seed technology is simple, basic, and fundamental in its purpose but ultimately effective, necessary, and invaluable. Help preserve one of the last defining qualities of Hawaii.

Achyranthes splendens splendens

Common name: Achyranthes

Achyranthes is a shrub with oval/elliptical shaped leaves. Tiny hairs on the leaves give it a silvery appearance. Achyranthes seed head forms a spear like shape as they mature.

Plant height: 3'

Germination: Few weeks to months

Elevation: 0-1000'

Argemone Glauca

Common name: Pua Kala

Pua Kala is a upright native poppy with silvery green leaves highlighted with large white flowers accentuated by a bright yellow and dark center. It thrives in rocky areas low in fertility with good filtration.

Seeds are small approximately 113,500 seeds per pound

Plant height: 3'

Germination: Few weeks to months

Elevation: 0-5000'

Chenopodium oahuense

Common name: Aweoweo

Endemic to the Hawaiian islands, Aweoweo is a branchy shrub with small 3 lobed green leaves highlighted with red stems. Aweoweo's unique appearance in leaf and sharp contrast in color make it a great choice in showcasing the biodiversity of native Hawaiian plants.

Seeds are very tiny, too many to count

Plant height: 3'

Germination from 10 days to a few weeks

Elevation: Sea level to 8000'

Dodonaea viscosa

Common name: Aalii

Aalii can be a shrub to small tree with long slender wavy leaves. Aalii flowers develop into papery capsules that may be red, pink, green, yellow, or tan in color. Extremely drought tolerant and able to withstand wild fires. It's uses include landscaping, lei making, dye, house timber, making weapons, and medicinal.

Seeds are small, roundish, and black about 1/16 of an inch. There are approximately 84,200 seeds per pound.

Plant height: 5' shrub or 15' tree

Germination: Within 10 days to a few months

Elevation: Seal level to 8000 feet

Erythrina Sandwicensis

Common name: Wiliwili

Wiliwili is a beautiful endemic tree able to withstand drought, wind, and unfertile soil conditions. It has attractive orange flowers with seed colors ranging from different shade of yellow, orange, or red.

Plant height: 30'

Germination: 2 weeks to a few months

Elevation: 0-2000'

Gossypium tomentosum

Common name: Ma'o

Ma'o is a branchy shrub highlighted with showy yellow flowers. It is known as the Hawaiian cotton.

Seeds are covered with a warm furry soft brownish hair.

Plant height: 4'

Germination: Few weeks

Elevation: 0-1000'

Heteropogon contortus

Common name: Pili grass

Pili Grass is an erect warm season perennial. The flowering heads have a red-brown awn which forms tangled masses as they mature. Pili grass is an aid in erosion control and ecosystem restoration. Cut Pili grass wrapped in bundles can be used for thatching. The pleasant smelling Pili Grass, when layered properly, would prevent rain and wind from entering shelter and is believed to prevent insect infestation.

Seeds are long, slender, and pointed with a sharp barbed tip. Seeds are approximately 5/16" long. There are approximately 210,000 seeds per pound.

Plant height: 3'

Germination: 5-7 days

Elevation: Up to 2000 feet

Hibiscus tiliaceus

Common name: Hau, Sea hibiscus

Hau is a very salt tolerant indigenous tree. It has been observed thriving along the shoreline well within the high tide mark level. Ideal for curbing erosion or landscaping where ocean conditions may be a concern.

There are approximately 34,000 seeds per pound.

Plant height: 15'-20'

Germination: Few weeks

Elevation: Shoreline-1500'

Ipomoea pes-caprae subsp. Brasiliensis

Common name: Pohuehue

Pohuehue is a very salt tolerant ground cover that can be found on sandy shores along Hawaiian coastlines. It oval green leaves and large purple flowers very similar in appearance to others in its genus.

Plant height: 1'

Germination: Few weeks

Elevation: Shoreline-2000'

Plumbago zeylanica

Common name: Ilie'e

Ilie'e is a small understory sprawling groundcover found throughout the major Hawaiian islands.

Seeds are elongated, with a light sticky hull covering the seed.

Plant height: 1'-3'

Germination: 10+ days

Elevation: 0 - 3000'

Scaevola taccada

Common name: Naupaka

Naupaka is a salt tolerant native plant used in landscaping shoreline areas. Naupaka may be best identified by its half-shaped white flowers, oval green leaves, and round white pulpy fruit seed.

Seeds are hidden within the white pulp which is recommended to be removed before storage or planting

Plant height: 6'

Germination: Few weeks

Elevation: Shoreline-150'

Sida fallax

Common name: Ilima

Ilima is a small shrub with spade shaped jagged leaves highlighted with beautiful yellow flowers. Ilima thrives in hot, dry, windy places. It is one of the first flowers that appear after the winter rains. Ideal for landscaping and restoration.

Seeds are small and encased in an apple wedged hull. There are approximately 210,000 seeds per pound.

Plant height: 3'

Germination: Few weeks to months

Elevation: 0-8000'

Sophora chrysophylla

Common name: Mamane

Mamane is an attractive native tree/shrub with golden branches contrasted with bright green oval leaflets.

Plant height: 15'

Germination: 14 days

Elevation 1400-10000'

Thespesia populnea

Common name: Milo

Milo is a salt tolerant native tree with heart shaped leaves and large yellow flowers. It is used for shoreline erosion control, makes a great shade tree, windbreak, and the wood is highly desirable in woodcrafting.

Seeds are large and when mature, are encased in a brown flattened round shaped pod. There are approximately 1840 seeds per pound.

Plant height: 30'

Germination: Few weeks

Elevaton: Shoreline-1000'

Vitex rotundifolia

Common name: Pohinahina

Pohinahina is a salt tolerant groundcover or shrub commonly with oval leaves and small purple flowers. Pohinahina is very drought tolerant and able to thrive in unfertile conditions.

Seeds are black in color

Plant height: 1' groundcover, 3' shrub

Germination: Few weeks

Elevation: Shoreline-150'

Waltheria indica

Common name: Uhaloa

Uhaloa is a wooly leafed shrub highlighted with tiny 5 petal yellow flowers. Uhaloa thrives in hot, dry, and windy places. Uhaloa requires no irrigation and seed remain dormant until rainfall. A medicinal plant used by native Hawaiian healers.

Seed are cone shaped and approximately 1/16" long. There are approximately 250,000 seeds per pound.

Plant height: 3'

Germination: Anywhere from a few days to several months

Elevation: 0-4000'

Wikstroemia uva ursi

Common name: Akia

Akia is a long lived perennial shrub ideal for landscaping and easily propagated by seed. Akia has attractive yellow flowers which bears orange red berries, a great contrast to its green leaves, a tribute to the holiday season.

Plant height: 2'

Germination: Few weeks to months

Elevation: 0-5000'