Beach Naupaka, Naupaka Kahakai
Notable for its fan-shaped blossoms, with all the segments on one side. Named for the Roman hero Mutius Scaevola, who burned off one of his hands to prove his bravery. Most are native to Australia, but some are beach plants from Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Caribbean. The Australian species are evergreen in mild-winter climates and nearly everblooming as well. In colder regions, where they are often grown as annuals, they bloom from late spring until frost and are useful in hanging baskets, window boxes, and containers.Scaevola taccada
Hawaiian native. Thick-stemmed plant to 6–10 ft. tall and broad. Fleshy light green leaves to 6 in. long and nearly as wide are clustered near branch ends. Flowers are 3/4 in. wide, white with purple markings; followed by fleshy white fruits. Tolerates heat, wind, and salt spray. Useful as a hedge plant or windbreak, especially at the beach.
Native to Hawaii. Grows to 3–6 ft. tall and wide. Pure yellow, 2–3-in.-wide flowers are pr...
Native to Hawaii. Slow growing to 20 ft. tall and 8 ft. wide. Leaves to 4 ft. long. Full sun brings ou...
Bright, iconic, 2–6-in. flowers make even non-gardeners think “orchid” whenever they...