The U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory will close at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6, due to an official government function. The Conservatory will return to normal hours December 7.
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.