The Lantern Ilima lei is bursting with rich gold, orange, and red hues. The flower is shaped like mini lanterns and its delicate petals measure approximately 1 ½ inches long. The Lantern Ilima is used extensively in Hawaii for lei-making and is often a substitution for “true” Ilima because of its size (Ilima takes 500 to 600 petals for a single strand, while the Lantern Ilima needs only 100 blossoms.) The Single Lantern Ilima is strung through the center of the flower and predominantly displays the outside of the petals. The Double Lantern Ilima is sewn side ways through the base (stems) of the flower and layered to create a round lei showing the flower’s orange filaments.
Note: In the hot summer months, we recommend mixing (sewing) this lei with green or white orchids. It brings hardiness to this lei. (For orchid options, see drop down menu.)
Care: Refrigerate in sealed plastic bag or container.