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Koki'o ke'oke'o (Hibiscus waimeae)

Also known as koki'o kea, this beautiful white/pink hibiscus is endemic (species evolved only here) to Hawaii. The flower has a nice sweet fragrance and the foliage appears to be resistant to the hibiscus mite, an alien insect, that causes most other hibiscus to have deformed lumpy leaves where the mites attack them.

I'm experimenting with ways to propagate this hibiscus. So far the results are encouraging.
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Apr 17 2007 05:02 GMT fhelsing PRO
Good luck to you! That's a lovely plant.
Apr 17 2007 07:40 GMT kosmos PRO
It's very pretty! Good luck!
Apr 17 2007 18:34 GMT grenthal
very interesting!
I'd like to have one of this!
All my hibiscuses are attacked by a lot of bugs...
Apr 18 2007 18:10 GMT Lensvision
Show us the results when they are ready...
Apr 18 2007 22:12 GMT Pueo PRO
Grenthal, I'm not sure what bugs you might have but it you've got bugs eating the leaves you might have Japanese rose beetles (at least that's one of our main problems). The come out at night and they don't like lights. So try putting your hibiscus near where streetlights are. Or if that's not possible, string up some christmas lights over your plant and turn them on between dusk and say 8pm.

On the other hand if you've got scale or aphids the best remedy is a regular regime of soapy water spray. Use a weak solution of dish soap and water in a spray bottle. (Or "Safer Soap" if you've got some) Spray down the plant, wait a few minutes, then spray down with the hose. For scale, wipe away the suckers with a paper towel or old toothbrush.

For more ideas maybe you can check out this site:

When I get the native hibiscuses going well maybe I can send you one. For now we're still in the testing phase though so it might be a while.
Apr 18 2007 22:13 GMT Pueo PRO
yeah, at the moment the cuttings don't look like much. Just a bunch of sticks with tufts of green on the tips. The established plants look much better.
Apr 22 2007 21:43 GMT Joy34 PRO
Great work. Your work is very exciting.
May 03 2007 06:28 GMT Sheila PRO
Worth the effort, Pueo. It's beautiful.