Hawaii flowers are so beautiful, but their names are quite difficult to learn and remember, right? That’s why I have included all the familiar and strange names in this list. So, you can choose whatever you like to call your favorite flowers.
Moreover, you’ll also find some characteristics of the most well-loved flowers in Hawaii. With this, you won’t be bored when decorating your house with them.
So, how about starting right away?
- 31 Names For 31 Most Beautiful Blossoms In Hawaii
- Hawaiian Hibiscus
- Double Hibiscus
- Princess Flower
- Blue Jade Vine
- Red Passionflower Vine
- Red Ginger
- Blue Ginger
- Kahili Ginger
- Bird of Paradise
- Hawaiian Gardenia
- Ohia Lehua
- ‘Uki ‘Uki
- Water Lily
- Royal Poinciana
- Hawaiian Silversword
- Passion Fruit Flower
- Pua Kala
- Lokelani Rose
- Hawaii Ipomoea
- Oahu Riverhemp
- Red Cranesbill
- Are You Ready To Decorate Your Garden In Hawaii Style?
31 Names For 31 Most Beautiful Blossoms In Hawaii
Now, it’s time to find out what I have in store for you. Be prepared, or these flowers will steal your heart right from the start!
Other Names: Hawaiian Heart, Flamingo Flower
There’s no wonder about these two names of this anthurium. The first one is because of its heart-shaped flower, and the latter is due to its vivid red color. Sometimes, anthurium also appears in other hues: pink, purple, green, and white.
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Here is another iconic flower in Hawaii: Hibiscus. You’ll mainly find ones with red and yellow colors in Hawaii. The yellow variant even gets promoted as a state flower.
One small thing for you to remember: Hibiscus withers easily after being cut, so you’d better keep them blooming in your garden instead of some vases.
Other Names: Paper Flowers
No choice is greater than bougainvillea if you want to decorate your house. No matter which way you choose to hang this plant, the result will come out as beautiful as ever. Bougainvillea can also grow vigorously and will fill your windows, rooftops,… with its colors.
If Hawaiian hibiscus is still a bit normal to you, let’s take a chance with this double hibiscus. Yes, that’s right! This modern variant looks like two hibiscus flowers growing on the same end. There’s a wide range of colors for you to choose from: pink, orange, red, etc.
Other Names: Lasiandra, Purple Glory Bush
Every time I see this pretty flower with its lovely purple petals, it really reminds me of a princess in her violet dress. But this plant isn’t as fragile as you may have thought. In fact, just grow it in a spot with full or partial sunlight.
Up to this point, you’ve seen many gorgeous flowers. But this indoor flower can still steal your heart with its bright red color in less than a second. Bromeliad comes with other shades like green or purple. Make a bouquet with it, and no one can take their eyes off this plant.
Though bromeliad may look difficult to grow, planting it is surprisingly easy.
You might wonder about its bizarre half-missing shape. The Hawaiians explain it with a story of a princess falling in love with a commoner, which was forbidden at that time.
The grieving princess took off the white flower on her hair and ripped it in half. Thus, Naupaka has two varieties: one in the mountains and one on the beach. If you want some fragrance in your garden, opt for the former, also the “female” ones.
Other Names: Lobster Claw
There’s no wonder about Heliconia’s other name because these flowers’ appearance really resembles lobster claws. However, Heliconia also comes in various shapes, sizes, and colors. Sometimes, you may think of these variants as other flowers.
Blue Jade Vine
Its name alone is enough to draw my attention. And after the beautiful name comes a just-as-gorgeous appearance. While it’s vine, there are numerous flowers blooming along the branches with different shades of blue, all glowing like jade stone.
Red Passionflower Vine
Being the same flower vine to produce shade in your garden, but this red Passionflower is 100% different from the Blue Jade. While the blue one is more elegant, this one shines bright, just like its name. It can also grow fast, so you can use it to cover your garden wall.
Other Names: Semboja
Many of you are so familiar with the idea of Hawaiian girls wearing some white flowers over their ears. These flowers are white plumeria. Once, it belonged to the rich as a symbol of their wealth, but now everyone can wear it.
Do you know how to cut and care for plumeria afterward? If not, this guide is a must.
Other Names: Hawaiian Peacock Jasmine, Sambac Jasmine, Pikake Jasmine
Don’t look down on Pikake because of its humble appearance. Its scent will blow your mind away. In fact, Pikake’s fragrance has made Hawaiian top-selling perfumes all over the world. The native people also use this flower to make necklaces worn by hula dancers.
Other Names: Torch Red Ginger
Not only is it a gorgeous flower to grow, but this blossom also appears in various Hawaiian dishes. At first sight, it doesn’t seem to hold any scent, but if you squeeze the flower, you’ll smell a candy-like fragrance, which is used a lot in shampoos.
Aside from the usual red ginger, you may have a chance to come upon another type of ginger flower: the blue one. So, it’s a nice choice if you want something new and unique in your garden or flower bouquet.
Other Names: Yellow Ginger Lily, Kahili Garland Lily
Another ginger flower with feathers and long branches. You can plant Kahili plants up to 8 feet tall, but you can trim them to keep them suitable for containers. Some sand and peat moss will help you grow these flowers more easily.
Bird of Paradise
Other Names: Crane Flower, Strelitzia Reginae
One look, and you can’t forget the sight of this flower. Bird of Paradise has one of the most striking colors I’ve ever seen. Accompanied with its unique shape resembling a flying bird, no wonder that many favors this Crane flower as their adornment.
Some extra tips will help you choose the right pot for Bird of Paradise more easily.
Other Names: Gardenia Brighamii, Na’u
Since it belongs to the coffee family, this Gardenia will fill your yard with its rich fragrance. This flower is more suitable for tropical areas as it needs lots of sun and humidity to grow. Gardenia can be quite picky, but the result is worth all your effort.
Other Names: Black Coral
Ilma mainly appears in the forest of O’ahu, thus becoming the island’s official flower. There are various types of Ilma. The most popular are coastal variants with soft hairs that touch like velvet and mountain ones with pointed apex.
Ohia lehua is more than just a flower; it symbolizes the volcano goddess in Hawaii. This blossom is also the first to bloom on lava after a volcano eruption. Aside from the familiar red color, it also comes with salmon, yellow, or orange shades.
You want to know the full story of Ohia Lehua? Here you go!
Other Names: Hawaiian Lily
Its strange name may take you aback, but ‘Uki ‘Uki is actually a familiar flower in Hawaii. Aside from its pretty white blossom, Hawaiian people also use ‘Uki ‘Uki purple fruits in their cloth.
If you have a small pond in your garden, water lily is a must-have decoration for it! Or you can use this flower for any round, large vase that isn’t used in your house. Its purple, pink, or white color will light up your home for sure.
Other Names: Flamboyant Tree, Flame Tree
With this tree in your garden, every bystander will have to look back at least once when passing your house in summer. That’s because, at this time, this tree will bloom thousands of blazing red flowers, making it look like a huge flame from afar.
This plant is really a sight to behold as it can grow up to 6 feet. And while its regular appearance is striking enough, you have to wait until all of its violet flowers bloom. Make sure you won’t miss it because Silversword only blooms once in its life.
Passion Fruit Flower
You may be familiar with the sweet, juicy passion fruit. But have you ever seen its flower? I bet it’ll shock you with its complex appearance. And this flower is also a great addition to your desserts or salads.
Take a walk around and find different types of passion fruit flowers!
If you often go to Asian temples, you may have seen Ixora once or twice. For people who haven’t seen it before, you can mistake this flower with a group of tiny butterflies. In Hawaii, people often use it to decorate their houses or hair.
Other Names: Hawaiian Poppy
Though its other name is Hawaiian poppy, don’t mistake it with the European variants. This one is round with white color. Also, while Hawaiian people use this flower sap for toothache treatment, Pua Kala is actually poisonous. So, be careful when touching it.
Though it comes from Spain, this rose has captured the hearts of Hawaiian people, especially on Maui island. And you’ll be the same once you look at this Lokelani rose. Its strong fragrance is also one of the reasons why they call it “heavenly rose”.
Other Names: Hawaii Moon Flower
You may have seen ipomoea with purple color. But in Hawaii, it’s totally white with no hint of other tones. Maybe that’s why local people call it “moon flower”. However, if you want to enjoy this bloom, try to wake up early because the flower will wilt in daylight.
Other Names: Sesbania Tomentosa, ʻōhai
Hawaiian people really have a soft spot for red flowers since you can see them everywhere on this island. And this Oahu riverhemp isn’t an exception. While red is the most common color of this flower, you can also find it in salmon pink or yellow shades.
Other Names: Honeypot
While its other name is honeypot, this bloom comes with a striking red or pink color that befits its unique appearance. Protea also has several variants, each so different that you can hardly recognize they are from the same species.
While protea can last for a long time, these tips will help retain their beauty.
Other Names: Geranium Arboreum, Hinahina, Nohoanu
You can only find this pretty bloom on Maui island. And even there, meeting it can be quite a challenge. But once you see this Hinahina, it’ll pay off all your effort. This cranesbill has a darker shade compared to other red flowers, resembling the magenta tone.
Are You Ready To Decorate Your Garden In Hawaii Style?
With all this information, I bet you no longer have any trouble with Hawaiian flowers anymore. But if you have, feel free to state all your questions and thoughts in the comment section below.
And it’s no good to keep this fantastic guideline to yourself, right? Don’t hesitate to share it with your friends and family. They’ll be happy to get some new ideas for their garden as well.