Miss Manila is a favorite hybrid, created in the Philippines and brought to Hawai’i in the late 1960’s by Donald Angus. Very drought-tolerant but do better with irrigation. They flower on new wood, so don’t cut off the shoots if you want abundant flowering color. They are good for xeriscaping, freeway landscaping and exuberant landscape adornment. Find it all over the Islands in hot dry areas. It is very nice on the banks of the freeway in ‘Aiea. Ala Moana Center has beautiful planters with the Miss Manila variety.
By Heidi Bornhorst
Special to The Advertiser