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    (Found In Hawai'i
    and Elsewhere)
    Common Name:Aloalo (ah-low-ah-low)

    Bright Red Hibiscus
    Scientific:Hibiscus (various)
    Size:Up to 20 ft tall
    Flower:Various colors
    Habitat:Sea level to 1,000 ft

    The Aloalo, or Hibiscus, is a prized flower grown throughout the Hawaiian Islands. The Aloalo became the official flower of the Territory of Hawai'i in 1923 and the Yellow Pua Aloalo (Hibiscus brackenridgei) became the official flower of the State of Hawai'i on June 6, 1988.

    Most varieties of Hibiscus seen on the islands are not native to Hawai'i, however, the White Aloalo (Hibiscus arnottianus) is native to Hawai'i (which is why we list the Hibiscus as a native plant).

    The flower of most Hibiscus are about 3 to 4 inches in size and can be in a variety of colors including yellow, white, pink, red, orange, salmon, and peach. Some varieties can have two colors in the flowers.

    You can find Hibiscus growing in people's yards and gardens all over the Big Island.

    Delicate Pink with Leaves

    Intense Fushia Colored Flower

    A Dense Red Hibiscus

    Doubled Flowered Salmon

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