Fountain Grass

Feb 3, 2016

Kaʻupulehu Dryland Forest cleared of fountain grass and planted with native species.
Credit Yvonne Yarber Carter

Fountain Grass originates from Africa and was introduced to Hawaiʻi Island in the 20th century.  It has become a major threat due to its adaptation to fire.  The wild fires that sometimes rage on the Kona coast destroy native plants and clear the way for fountain grass to move in.

Christopher Phillips explains...