Ilima

The ilima is found on every Hawaiian island and has long been cultivated for its beautiful flowers that make spectacular leis. The scientific name is Sida fallax, and ilima, apiki, ‘ilima lei, kapuaokanakamaimai, ‘ilima ku kala and ‘ilima makana‘a are the Hawaiian names for the various varieties. These flowers are yellow or gold in color and have thin, delicate petals that have no scent. The natural yellows and golds of this flower are highly prized, and the flowers are not dyed. This is a fragile flower that lasts about a day, and air freight is not recommended for these leis.

Ilimas are good luck flowers, and the leis are wishes for good luck for the recipient. The ilima was a sacred flower to the goddess of hula, Laka, and the hula ilima lei was worn by dancers as well as placed on altars to Laka. It has been associated with the island of Oahu since ancient times and is today the island’s official flower. They have long been cultivated in Hawaii for their use in leis. An ilima lei is a single-strand lei that requires hundreds of petals for both ilima and lantern ilima leis. Ilima flowers go well with the Hilo maile leaf. These leis are worn for weddings, birthdays and any special occasions and can be worn by anyone. Browse the fresh ilima lei for sale below for these lucky, traditional flowers that are always fun to wear.

The ilima is found on every Hawaiian island and has long been cultivated for its beautiful flowers that make spectacular leis. The scientific name is Sida fallax, and ilima, apiki, ‘ilima lei, kapuaokanakamaimai, ‘ilima ku kala and ‘ilima makana‘a are the Hawaiian names for the various varieties. These flowers are yellow or gold in color and have thin, delicate petals that have no scent. The natural yellows and golds of this flower are highly prized, and the flowers are not dyed. This is a fragile flower that lasts about a day, and air freight is not recommended for these leis.

Ilimas are good luck flowers, and the leis are wishes for good luck for the recipient. The ilima was a sacred flower to the goddess of hula, Laka, and the hula ilima lei was worn by dancers as well as placed on altars to Laka. It has been associated with the island of Oahu since ancient times and is today the island’s official flower. They have long been cultivated in Hawaii for their use in leis. An ilima lei is a single-strand lei that requires hundreds of petals for both ilima and lantern ilima leis. Ilima flowers go well with the Hilo maile leaf. These leis are worn for weddings, birthdays and any special occasions and can be worn by anyone. Browse the fresh ilima lei for sale below for these lucky, traditional flowers that are always fun to wear.

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