Oh the many wonders of this beautiful plant. I've seen it around the Seattle area, but I had no idea there were more than 200 varieties. And I swear every single one is represented in Hawaii. I surely could have filled a day just scouting out these lovely blooms but it was a family vacation you know. Many I came across didn't have names so I'm no help there. I wonder if any dear readers could identify the handful I just had to have a photo of to remind me of my visit?
Likely my favorite because of the pumpkin orange coloring. This plant was growing at Smith's Tropical Paradise, where we enjoyed the beautiful 30-acre cultural and botanical garden and a lovely luau. Later I'll have another post just from that visit alone.
Another variety at Smith's Garden. I'm not sure I really like this color but it was so funky I wanted to share.
These were flowering on the grounds where we stayed near Lihue. Note the droplets from the day's rain. I guess you wouldn't earn the nickname Garden State without quite a bit of moisture. I read that the center of Kauai is the wettest place in the world. Take that Seattle.