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.
Hibiscus brackenridgei, the state flower of Hawaii, is an endangered plant endemic to the Hawaiian islands. Unfortunately, there are less than 60 plants in eight populations on the islands of Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii, which are protected by the Endangered Species Act. Threats that include development, overgrazing by livestock and feral animals, as well as competition from invasive weeds have contributed to the drastic reduction in wild populations. Measures being taken by conservationists and botanic gardens to protect the few remaining populations of Hibiscus brackenridgei include weed control, fencing to exclude animals, preservation of remaining intact habitat and conservation of plants and seeds in botanical gardens and seed banks.