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Friday, July 19, 2002

Hui Ku Maoli Ola

In The Garden: ‘AE‘AE

By Rick Barboza

Latin name: Bacopa monnieri

Ae'ae makes an excellent low-growing ground cover. The cuttings can also be used as aquarium foliage and last several months.

Description: A prostrate ground cover with small, light-green leaves and bluish-white flowers.

Distribution: This indigenous plant is found throughout the Hawaiian Islands (except Kahoolawe) in coastal mud flats, marshes and estuaries.

Landscape uses and care: It thrives in full sun or partial shade and grows quickly with adequate watering. It roots at the nodes, making it an excellent soil stabilizer, and has attractive flowers that are usually in continuous bloom.

Rick Barboza co-owns Hui Ku Maoli Ola, a Native Hawaiian plant nursery, with Matt Schirman. "In the Garden" is a Friday feature about flora, written by field experts.

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