My Kauaʻi delissea (Delissea kauaiensis) decided to flower! This extremely rare species is native to the Hawaiian island of Kauai. The Hawaiian name for this species is ʻOha. Until recently, this species was thought to be extinct in the wild brought on by competition from invasive plant species. However, in 2016 ten individuals were discovered to in a single location. It is now federally listed as a critically endangered species. Despite its rarity in the wild it is actually quite easy to grow. I purchased this one at a plant sale at a local botanical garden a little less than a year ago. I love the spindly stalks topped with a crown of leaves. The leaves and flowers have this beautiful slight blush of purple. I read that the purple coloration increases when it is exposed to more sunlight but my garden is a bit shaded out. It’s still a beautiful plant though and I love having it in my garden! Hopefully with conservation efforts this species can make a comeback. Photographed: 8/23/17.