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PlantFiles: White Kauai Rosemallow, Koki'o Ke'oke'o
Hibiscus waimeae

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: waimeae

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral htop On Dec 17, 2007, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant; however, I have seen it growing in Maui. White Kauai rosemallow is also known as Kokio kea. It is endemically native to Kauai, this hibiscus is commonly found in Waimea Canyon, and in the moist forests of the western and northern coasts. The white pinwheel-shaped flowers have a sweet fragrance. Light green to magenta. the staminal column has magenta filaments. The leaves are ovate in shape. In cultivation, the flowers which are at the ends of branches, bloom almost continuously. As with other hibiscus, the flowers last only for only a day. Opening white in the morning, the blooms turn turn pink as they fade in the afternoon. Prefering filtered shade, it should be grown in moist, well drained soil. It can withstand full sun with care. It is capable of growing into a 24- 30 evergreen tree under suitable growing conditions.

Positive einaudi On Mar 5, 2006, einaudi from Hana, HI (Zone 11) wrote:

Hibiscus waimea is native (possibly endemic?) to Kauai, where it is known as koki'o-ke'oke'o. The leaves are nearly round, with blunt-toothed margins, and the under surfaces are almost downy. Flowers last one day, are few and very simple: 5 white petals with stout pinkish-crimson stamens. My plants do not suffer from the widespread virus that deforms leaves on most hybridized Hibiscus. Koki'o-ke'oke'o is rarely seen in cultivation because it is not as "showy" as many other Hibiscus, but I give it a "positive" because of its native status.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Hana, Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii

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