Due to the 58th Presidential Inauguration, the U.S. Botanic Garden will be closed January 18-21, 2017. We will reopen at 10 a.m. on January 22.
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.