In Hawaii, it isn't only the rainbows that give the islands their vibrant color.
The bountiful rains also bring rich, lush foliage and a diverse set of flowers as
unique as any tropical ecosystem can be. Five of the most popular
flowers in Hawaii are Ginger, Heliconias, Hibiscus, Orchids, and Plumeria (a.k.a. Frangipani)
Tropical beautiful Hawaiian flower bouquets
Father holding the his daughters bouquet waiting for
her arrival to give away the bride to the groom
Ginger is a large group of plants with many subspecies found worldwide, including Hawaii. Two of the most popular types are Red Ginger and Kahili Ginger. Red Ginger plants can grow up to 8 feet tall and have flowers as big as your head. The flower's color ranges from light pink to deep red. Kahili Ginger, another tall plant. grows on the Big Island of Hawaii and though it is considered an invasive species, it's bright yellow flowers with red stamen make a beautiful addition to any bouquet.
Heliconias, a distant relative of ginger, are an unusually looking flower indeed. Nicknamed "Lobster Claws" the petals act more like shoots positioned like the claws of a crustacean. Heliconias are diverse family, with plants ranging from 1-30 feet tall and flower colors from red, orange, and white to green, yellow and pink. If properly cared for, a cut Heliconia flower can stay fresh for up to a full month.
There are seven different types of Hawaiian Hibiscus, a.k.a. "Aloalo", native to Hawaii. Of them, the Yellow Hibiscus is the state's official flower and is also recognized as a endangered species. The other varieties come in the whole spectrum of colors from white to purple. The plants sport wide, flat, slightly wrinkled petals and a have very light, almost nonexistent fragrance which makes this a great plant for sensitive noses.
Orchids are one of the most popular flowers in the world, known for their color patterns and strong fragrances. Hawaii is the perfect breeding ground for these plants, and it's no coincidence that a giant convention and market dedicated to the plant is held annually on the islands. There are three orchids endemic (meaning found nowhere else on Earth) to Hawaii:
Tifini Saludares bridesmaids bouquet of yellow plumerias with pink highlights
The Jewel Orchid is a threatened species, but you still find it growing in Haleakala National Park on Maui. Look for a plant with small two-petaled, yellow flowers.
This is found in Maui as well as the other islands, isn't probably as well known since it doesn't have a very large or colorful flower. The name "Twayblade" comes from the single pair of opposite leaves at the base of the flowering stem.
Possibly the rarest Hawaiian orchid is the Hawaii Bog Orchid, which was placed on the endangered species list in 1996 when only 35 individual plants remained on the planet. Similar to the other two orchids, this plant produces small yellow-green flowers.
The bouquet that you walk down the aisle with is the bouquet that you have put all your time, thought, and effort into. You want to walk to your groom holding
When a bride starts to think about her bouquet, a lot of consideration goes into the size,
the shape and the types of flowers she wants.
A flower I want to speak about may not be endemic, but it's still a very popular flower in Hawaii. If it's not a Hibiscus being worn in the hair of Hawaiian hula dancers, it's the Plumeria. Known for their strong, unique, fragrance, described by people as being, sweet, spicy, or even citrus smelling, the Plumeria grows wild across much of the Hawaiian Islands. The flower comes in shades of red, pink, yellow, and white, sometimes having a dual color tone to triple tri tone . check out some gorgeous design that make use of the fresh brilliant star-shaped Plumeria flower.