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QUICK FACTS

  • HPRWA SCORE
  • SYNONYMS W americana, W pyrolaefolia
  • ELEVATION RANGE
  • FAMILY Sterculiaceae
  • PLANT TYPE Ground cover |Shrub
  • WATER REQUIRMENTS Drought tolerant
  • SOIL REQUIRMENTS Tolerates many soil types
  • SUN EXPOSURE Full sun to Partial sun
  • SALT TOLERANCE None
  • DRAINAGE REQUIRED Requires good drainage
  • PROPAGATION METHODS Seeds

Waltheria indica
(`uhaloa, `ala`ala pu loa, hi`aloa, kanakaloa)

This plant has wooly leaves and is found in dry "waste" places in Hawaii. The velvety leaves look silver and flowers are yellow. The plant was used by Hawaiians as a medicine for sore throats, asthma, colds, and as a painkiller; it has anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. This groundcover or accent shrub tolerates drought conditions and poor soils.

Plant Uses

  • Container plant
  • Erosion control
  • Medicinal

Dangers

None