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Brighamia rockii - Cabbage Tree

THIS LISTING FOR INFORMATION ONLY - WE NO LONGER GROW THIS PLANT 

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Lobelioideae (Lobeliaceae)
Origin: Pacific Islands
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Fall
Synonyms: Brighamia remyi
Height: 2-6 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Light Shade/Part Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32 F
Brighamia rockii (Cabbage Tree) - An unusual plant that grows to 3 to 6 feet tall on a thick leafless succulent stem that is swollen at the base and tapered towards the top and is topped by many light green leathery 6 inch long spoon-shaped leaves. The 4 inch long trumpet-shaped white flowers, produced from between the leaves, are formed in clusters of 3 to 8 flowers. Generally appearing in late summer to early fall they are mildly fragrant. Like the very similar Brighamia insignis, from which B. rockii differs in flower color (B. insignis has yellow cream colored flowers) and native range, these plants are often described as a cabbage sitting on top of a bowling pin. Plant in part sun to light shade in a well-drained soil. Protect from frost and cold wet winter conditions. Our plants have taken mild frosts but are sheltered from winter moisture and covered when temperatures fall below freezing. Brighamia rockii is found growing on sea cliffs from sea level to 1,500 feet on the windward coast of Moloka'i from Kalaupapa to Halawa though it may have also grown at one time on Maui and Lana'i while Brighamia insignis is native to the sea cliffs from sea level to 1,300 feet on the Napali Coast and Ha'upu Ridge of the Hawaiian island of Kauai. The genus was named after William Tufts Brigham, the first director of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum in Honolulu. Our plants from seed from Seedhunt.  This description is based on our research and our observations of this plant growing in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We always appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or have additional cultural tips that would aid others growing Brighamia rockii .