Plant of the Month: Pakalana vine offers a lot in a small package

  • Small light green pakalana flowers are often used to enhance the fragrance of a lei. (cindysleishoppe.com via Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Pakalana begins to bloom as days lengthen in the spring. (Kim and Forest Starr via Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Each small pakalana flower produces a heavy fragrance. (Kim and Forest Starr via Diana Duff/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Opportunities to add fragrance to our gardens abound here in Hawaii. To mention a few, we have plumeria trees, gardenias, gingers, pikake, puakenikeni, and tuberose. All beautiful plants with big bold aromas. You might want to consider adding something more delicate to your collection that also packs a sensory wallop.