Spring is slowly wrapping its loving arms around our Maui condos and with that fond embrace comes lots of beautiful flowers. Their fragrant blooms may be enjoyed at many island locations, including the Kula Botanical Garden and Shim Farm. They offer visitors a look at rare protea, orchids, lemon eucalyptus trees, white ginger and so much more. So, we wanted to highlight a few of the plants that you might encounter during your spring vacation in Maui:
Do you know which colorful, flowing plant on Maui can grow up to 20-feet tall? If you guessed torch ginger, you’d be correct. These stunning red and pink perennials not only look good, the unopened buds taste fantastic too. That’s why they’re often used to elevate Maui’s cuisine to a whole new level. In the wild, it is not uncommon for the blooms to reach the size of a basketball.
The Hawaiian hibiscus is another colorful beauty that you’ll find growing on Maui. They often sport lovely yellow blooms that can reach up to 6-inches in diameter. The bushes themselves may reach 15-feet tall and spread out over a good distance. Once they start blooming, they’ll continue to produce flowers until the first week or two of summer.
You may also run across false banana plants blooming in the spring. Like the torch ginger, these perennial herbs may grow 20-feet tall too. They feature board, gorgeous green leaves and wonderful pink flowers. Plus, as you might have guessed, they produce fruit that resemble bananas. The fruits are often baked in the oven and sweetened with fresh juices to create out-of-this-world desserts.
Although it didn’t start out as a native Hawaiian, parakeet heliconia plants are now a frequent sight in spring. They tend to grow up to 5-feet tall and produce a variety of flowers year-round. The list of colors that show up on Maui includes, but doesn’t end with brilliant oranges and reds. The plants also typically produce deep blue fruits that are best left for show.
Pua Aloalo and Lokelani Rose
The pua aloalo, or yellow hibiscus, was designated as the official state flower of Hawaii in 1988, and the super-fragrant Lokelani Rose (Rosa damascena) is the official flower of the island of Maui. We can’t forget about them! To enjoy these spring flowers first hand and others that bloom within driving distance of our Maui condos, please contact us at Maui Kai today. We’d love to have you visit us anytime in the months ahead and take advantage of our spring specials.