Saturday, August 12, 2006
Beauty or beast?
These Kahili Ginger are actually native to India; they are stunning, large (note spify hand shot to prove my point!) & fragrant but it's actually an invasive species. I’m not sure (given its origins) why it has a Hawaiian name, perhaps because kahilis are the long ceremonial poles decorated with feathers and plumes used by Hawaiian royals. Anyway-this pest forms dense clumps in native forests, smothering young plants and preventing native seedlings from establishing. Bummer......
These are invading my garden right now and wild weed or not, I like’um!