Hawaiian:     ‘Ohai


Latin:            Sesbania tomentosa

FAMILY:      Fabaceae

STATUS:    Endemic, critically endangered,  Medium hard to propagate.


There are many varieties of ‘Ohai, from sprawling ground cover to 6 meter tall plants. 0-850m in elevation.      

Flower: Color of flower is from salmon to light orange.

Leaves: Are always green/silver about 4 cm long and consist of about nine to nineteen pairs of leaflets.

When this plant is grown at the higher elevations it is done so in a greenhouse to produce flowers and save the plant from mold.  This is a plant that does like a dry environment to grow in.