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QUICK FACTS

  • HPRWA SCORE -4
  • SYNONYMS
  • ELEVATION RANGE Low|Mid
  • FAMILY Asclepiadaceae
  • PLANT TYPE Vine/Climber
  • WATER REQUIRMENTS Requires water until established
  • SOIL REQUIRMENTS Tolerates many soil types
  • SUN EXPOSURE Full Sun
  • SALT TOLERANCE None
  • DRAINAGE REQUIRED No special drainage required
  • PROPAGATION METHODS Seeds & Vegetative

Telosma cordata
(pakalana, Chinese violet)

Pakalana is a prized vine and beautifies a yard when allowed grow on a sturdy fence. Commonly used in lei, it also has a lovely fragrance. Flowers are stir-fried or boiled in soup in Southeast Asia. Pakalana flowers are rich in carbohydrates and vitamins A and C. It is believed that it was introduced to Hawaii in the mid-1800's from southern China.

Plant Uses

  • Ornamental
  • Lei flower
  • Fragrant
  • Edible

Dangers

Thorns-Spines|Toxic to animals-humans|Allergenic|Fire Hazard