What a surprise when we checked in to our hotel during our Maui, Hawaii vacation and took a walk to see the ocean….along the Oceanside path surrounding many of the trees and palms were lush beds of Wedelia, a popular South Texas groundcover landscaping with a prolific blooming yellow flower! Our article published in February 2014, Wedelia: A mixed blessing ground cover?, describes one of my long-ago landscaping projects while I lived in Corpus Christi, Texas. I was able to take several pictures of how this prolific plant is used in this favorite Island state illustrating how Wedelia is definitely a popular landscaping groundcover in Maui, Hawaii.
Some facts from a Maui Hawaiian specialist
Jay Deputy, an education specialist in landscaping horticulture and turf at the University of Hawai’i-Manoa, Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences, and state administrator for the Certified Landscape Technician Program sponsored by the Landscape Industry Council of Hawaii, has written extensively on the Maui residents and professionals use of Wedelia.
Mr. Deputy, in an article in honoluluadvertiser.com, provides the following insight into the groundcover’s popularity in Maui, Hawaii.
· This spreading-type plant is a vigorous, creeping, herbaceous groundcover native to tropical America that was first introduced into Hawai’i in the early 1970s.
· Wedelia develops a thick carpet of oval or three-lobed, bearded, bright green foliage 1 to 3 inches long. Its shoots root at each node as the vines spread lengthways bloom throughout the year.
· The popular groundcover can grow 18 to 24 inches high when left unattended, but its tallness can be reduced and controlled at much lower heights by intermittent cutting with the weed-whacker or a lawn mower. It flowers at any height but will usually blossom the most when maintained around 4 inches creating a uniform landscaping feature.
It does well in sun or shade, but full sun produces the best flowering and densest coverage. It is also salt-tolerant enough to be used near the seashore. Like many vine-type groundcovers, it does not hold up well under even moderate foot traffic.
Although wedelia has become one of the most common and dependable groundcover in Hawaii, it is very aggressive and is not a plant for small confined areas. It can and will over-grow neighboring areas including low-growing shrubs, lawn areas and into woodlands. Growth can be controlled by carefully managing water and nitrogen fertilizer. Water and fertilize only enough to maintain growth and color. Periodic trimming or mowing is also important to keep it within its boundaries.
See the latest pictures
Look at our slide show and you will see how the Marriott Resort uses this beautiful Maui, Hawaii landscape feature along its ocean path. And see if you can spot the bees collecting pollen!