On Friday, September 19, the U.S. Botanic Garden's outdoor National Garden will close early at 5 p.m. It will reopen for regularly scheduled hours on Saturday, September 20 at 10 a.m.
One of the few non-food plants traditionally cultivated by Hawaiians, 'ilima was highly esteemed in the Hawaiian culture. The yellow blossoms were used to make leis to bring good luck during travels. In traditional medicine the flowers were used with other plants to assist women during pregnancy.