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Plumeria, common name Frangipani; syn. Himatanthus Willd. ex Roem. & Schult.) is a small genus of 7-8 species native to tropical and subtropical Americas. The genus consists of mainly deciduous shrubs and trees. It produces flowers ranging from yellow to pink to white to a deep red depending on form or cultivar. From Mexico and Central America, Plumeria has spread to all tropical areas of the world, especially Hawai`i, where it grows so abundantly that many people think that it is indigenous here.
The genus, originally spelled Plumiera, is named in honour of the seventeenth-century French botanist Charles Plumier, who traveled to the New World documenting many plant and animal species.
The common name Frangipani comes from an Italian noble family, a sixteenth-century marquess of which invented a plumeria-scented perfume. In Mexico, the Nahuatl (Aztec language) name for this plant is cacalloxochitl which means crow flower. It was used for many medicinal purposes such as salves and ointments. Depending on location, many other common names exist: Kembang Kamboja in Indonesia, Temple Tree or Champa in India, Kalachuchi in the Philippines, Araliya or Pansal Mal in Sri Lanka, Champa in Laos, Lantom or Leelaawadee in Thai.
Many English speakers also simply use the generic name Plumeria. In several Pacific islands, such as Tahiti, Fiji, Hawai`i, Tonga and the Cook Islands Plumeria is used for making leis. In modern Polynesian culture, it can be worn by women to indicate their relationship status over the right ear if seeking a relationship, and over the left if taken. P. alba is the national flower of Nicaragua and Laos, where it is known under the local name Sacuanjoche (Nicaragua) and Champa (Laos). Information Source: Wikipedia
The beautiful Plumeria comes in a wide variety of delightful colours and bloom virtually year round.
Plumeria (Frangipani) also known as the Lei flower, is native to warm tropical areas of the Pacific Islands, Caribbean, South America and Mexico.
Plumerias may grow to be large shrubs or even small trees in the Hawaiian Islands and in mild areas of the U.S on the mainland. In tropical regions, Plumeria may reach a height of 30 to 40 feet and half as wide. They have widely spaced thick succulent branches, round or pointed, long leather, fleshy leaves in clusters near the branch tips.
Plumeria are true tropical flowering trees, also known as Frangipani or the Temple Tree, and the fragrant flowers are often used to make Hawaiian leis. They may be grown in containers, in the ground, or in containers sunk in the ground.
During the months of active growth, ample sun, water and food are essential. Healthy plumeria will bloom regularly and abundantly when they receive at least 6 to 8 hours of full sun per day. They are heavy feeders and will bloom and grow vigorously with enough of the proper foods.
Plumeria love lots of water, but cannot tolerate wet feet, so they must be planted in fast draining soil or in beds with adequate drainage. They are relatively easy to propagate. The fragrance is wonderful with hints of spice and jasmine