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Photo Credit: Forest & Kim Starr

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Photo Credit: Forest & Kim Starr

QUICK FACTS

  • HPRWA SCORE
  • SYNONYMS
  • ELEVATION RANGE
  • FAMILY Fabaceae
  • PLANT TYPE Ground cover|Vine-Climber
  • WATER REQUIRMENTS Requires regular water
  • SOIL REQUIRMENTS Tolerates many soil types
  • SUN EXPOSURE Full sun to Partial sun
  • SALT TOLERANCE Unknown
  • DRAINAGE REQUIRED Requires good drainage
  • PROPAGATION METHODS Seeds & Vegetative

Canavalia galeatea
(`awikiwiki)

This lovely flowering vine produces large, deep purple flowers which are used in lei-making. Because it is a nitrogen fixer, it does not need much fertilizer. The plant grows well on a chain-link fence or it can be used as a crawling groundcover. The spines and burrs on `awikiwiki can be toxic and contribute to fire hazard; additionally some people are allergic to the pollen or sap, and other plants may have difficulty growing in areas with its leaf litter. The aggressive root system should be noted so it is not planted near places like sidewalks or waterlines, and there is concern that this native vine could spread to nearby areas if left unattended.

Plant Uses

  • Ornamental
  • Lei flower
  • Nitrogen fixer

Dangers

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