Pele’s Hair / Spanish Moss (Airplant)

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Also known as Spanish Moss, Green-grey Pele’s Hair is rough, almost vine-like. It absorbs water and nutrients from the air around it.  In Hawaii, it is often used for lei.  It is a succulent, needing only an occasional spray of water for moisture. Best suited for outdoors and filtered sunlight.

 

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Ti Leaf, Green

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Ti leaf is used for making leis and for wrapping food in for flavor while cooking.  These ornamental plants come in a variety of shapes and colors.  The ones we received were like these, approximately 2-3 feet long and green throughout.  Sun or partial shade, average water.  These plants are hardy and somewhat drought tolerant.

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Cholesterol Spinach

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Purchased at Home Depot as “Cholesterol Spinach,” this most closely resembles Ganura Procumbens. It is also known as the wonder plant, anti-cholesterol plant and longevity spinach.  It grow rapidly and well in the sun.  Propagates by slip.  It is edible and said to be healthy.  It can be used in place of kale or spinach, best in soups or smoothies.

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Desert Rose, Pink solid

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Desert Rose, also known as adenium, is an ornamental with a variety of blooms.  (image color is close to the one brought in as a sample with the starter plant) Native to Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, daily light watering is recommended.  Adenium is a popular bonsai plant because it is beautiful and can thrive for many years in a container.  The sap is poisonous and precaution should be taken.

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Garlic, Society Garlic (like chives)

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This plant is often confused with chives because it looks similar and can be used in the place of it. Originating from South Africa, the plant is often used in Chinese or Malay cooking.  The flavor and scent is reminiscent of garlic and the flavor is more potent than chive.  The lily relative is often used as an ornamental for its flowers and propagates in clumps. Thrives with moist soil.

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