Do you say Frangipani or Plumeria?

Plumeria is the Latin or Botanical name, but I just love saying frangipani over and over again, especially if I stub my toe while hiking. My other word, as some of you may remember, is Fubuki.

Love them, tee hee.

When I walk to the pool, I walk past a whole row of frangipani trees, and the spent blossoms laying on the path scent the air as I pass. We are just at the end of the bloom cycle, they flower from  April to November, so they give me something special to enjoy during the long hot summer. Each flower is fairly short lived, but there is a lot in a cluster so it goes on and on.

Plumeria trees are also known as Temple Trees because they are usually planted in front of temples in Asia due to their fragrant flowers. The flowers are also popular in Hawaii which are used to make flower necklaces (leis).

I always think of them as a Hallowe’en tree as they look quite eerie when the leaves have dropped. 

Pink plumeria is decidious while the white is evergreen.

Their thick, succulent leaves can grow to 10-inches long or more, but their beauty is in their flowers. Now, you must excuse me, I am off to get my fragrance fix before they are finished for another year.


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  1. 1

    paulinemulligan said,

    Lovely perfumed flowers, have only met them on holidays when we have enjoyed their wonderful perfume.

  2. 3

    First discovered this wonderful flower outside of an old church on the island of Barbados. I’ll never forget their fragrance. I had been working with a cosmetics company and one of their products was a frangipani shower gel which I loved. We stumbled onto this tree and I was delighted to experience the fragrance in it’s natural state. Love it!

  3. 5

    sharon said,

    I have perfume mad of them! love

  4. 7

    Marguerite said,

    Those flowers are so gorgeous. I remember seeing these years ago when travelling in Indonesia. I think I tried to press some at the time but they are so succulent and wet they just seemed to rot. Glad to get to internet admire them now.

  5. 9

    Wow. Really beautiful flowers. I particularly love the white ones with the lovely yellow center. I was not familiar with Plumeria until this post. Thanks!

  6. 11

    Patty said,

    I first heard of Frangipani as a perfume. Then I saw the flowers while on a holiday in the Dominican Republic and came to know them as Plumeria. Either way they are a beautiful flower.

  7. 13

    Alistair said,

    I wish they grew here, they are frangipani fabulous.

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