Frangipani is the most common nickname for the plumeria plant. If it looks familiar, it is also one of the most frequently used flowers for making Hawaiian leis. Plumeria has fragrant blossoms, the scent of which intensifies at night in order to draw in the sphinx moth. But plumeria tricks these poor insects because for all its fine aromatic seductiveness, these flowers don’t provide nectar. 

This 3-minute video takes a tour of a plumeria garden in Hawaii.  Here’s a 4-minute video on propagating a plumeria through a cutting.  Here’s a 3-minute video showcasing several plumeria shrubs in a private garden.

FunFacts about Plumeria: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Plumeria is a genus of flowering plants in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae. Most species are deciduous shrubs or small trees. The species variously are indigenous to Mexico, Central America, Hawaii and the Caribbean, and as far south as Brazil, but are grown as cosmopolitan ornamentals in warm regions. Common names for plants in the genus vary widely according to region, variety, and whim, but Frangipani or variations on that theme are the most common. (Source)
  • Plumeria flowers are fragrant mostly at night in order to summon the sphinx moths for pollination.
  • Plumeria blossoms do not provide nectar.
  • Plumeria can be propagated quite easily with leafless stem tips in spring.
  • Cuttings will rot in overly moist soil.
  • The French botanist, Charles Plumier traveled to the New World in the 1600s to document many plants and flowers. Plumeria is named after him.
  • The nickname, Frangipani, is actually the family name of an Italian marquis who is said to have invented a plumeria-scented perfume.
  • Plumeria has traveled the globe and is now found in most tropical regions.
  • Plumeria flowers come in many colors like white, pink, yellow, red and can even be multi-colored.
  • Plumeria is the national flower of Laos.
  • Plumeria blossoms are often used to make Hawaiian leis.

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36 thoughts on “Plumeria

  1. Plumeria look so pretty and smell wonderful. I tried to grow a plumeria plant in my backyard, but unfortunately, it didn’t go too well.

  2. Plumeria is such a pretty flower and smells so wonderful. It’s strange to see such an amazing smelling flower on a tree instead of as just a flower.

  3. They are so neat. They look like pin wheels! I look at them and expect them to start going around and around and am surprised when they don’t.

  4. These blooms look so fragile and dainty, but are quite sturdy. I have been fortunate to smell them en masse in Kauai and Maui. They are so lovely and intoxicating!

  5. There are a few of these trees in our neighborhood and when they bloom, it is such a treat to just stop and smell them. Delicious!

  6. Although I have always thought the Hawaiian leis to be very beautiful, but have never given any thought to the flowers they were made from. They are really quite majestic. Thank you for telling us about this amazing flower.

  7. I buy these from the grocery store.
    The blooms last forever, or at least the variety available binn my area.

    I don’t have to add any green filler since their leaves are plentiful.

  8. Having been the recipient of several leis made with these wonderful flowers, I must say it’s my favorite greeting when arriving in Hawaii. That heavenly smell tells me that, once again, I’ve come back to paradise.

  9. Oh, I am in love! This is one of the prettiest flowers I have ever seen! I wonder how wide the spread of the petals are! I don’t recall reading anything about it.
    Sanford, Maine

  10. I love the smell of plumeria, but I’ve never grown it before. I like the close up shots of the different colored plumeria. Gorgeous! I’m from Lone Tree, CO!

  11. Love them really miss them! We lived in Ha. For 10 years and had 2 in the front yard! Now that we’re back in Seattle wa. I really miss the smell!!!

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