Growing Native Hawaiian Plants

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ISBN: 9781573062077

If you would like to...

  • Grow tropical plants that occur naturally nowhere else in the world
  • Perpetuate a unique part of Hawai‘i’s past
  • Make wise use of our islands’ precious water supply
  • Grow lei flowers, vines, and ferns right in the backyard

… this books is for you.

Growing Native Hawaiian Plants provides practical advice for growing 75 plants — 33 of them new to this edition. A section on basic techniques includes growing plants from cuttings or seeds, air-layering, grafting, watering, xeriscaping, transplanting, fertilizing, pruning, and water gardening. Sections on ground covers, grasses and sedges, shrubs, vines, trees, and ferns explain the care and use of individual plants and describe each plant’s importance in Hawaiian culture. Photos illustrate the features of the plants and their use in the landscape.


Author Heidi Leianuenue Bornhorst is the landscape director for the Hale Koa Hotel and runs a horticultural consulting business that specializes in landscaping with native Hawaiian plants and xerophytic landscapes. She writes a gardening column for the Honolulu Advertiser.


paperback   |   104 pages   |   8.5" x 11"   |   color



“Without this book I'd have to ask my imaginary uncle for a gardener who knows how to start plants from cuttings, how to nurture seeds, and how to do all sorts of other things necessary to plant and tend a garden of rare plants.

It’s inconceivable that anyone in Hawai‘i would fail to enjoy Growing Native Hawaiian Plants... If you have your bit of earth and are ready to do real gardening, this very small very readable book tells you everything you need to know to succeed.”

—Maui Weekly

“You wouldn’t think that growing Hawaiian plants in Hawaii would require any special skills, but the native species are more delicate in comparison with invasive plants. Bornhorst’s guide is not only complete and well-illustrated, it links the Hawaiian plants with native Hawaiian culture.“

—Honolulu Star-Bulletin