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Products > Brighamia rockii
Brighamia rockii - Cabbage Tree

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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.  The information on this page is based on research conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from online sources, and from observations made of the crops growing in our nursery, plants in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Brighamia rockii.