Plumeria The Scent of Paradise
Posted on September 22 2016
Fun Flower Facts About Plumeria
Plumeria are tropical flowering plants with over 300 species native to Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean and South America. They are popular ornamental plants that can be grown as shrubs or small trees. Sizes vary depending on the variety, but some can grow up to 30 feet tall! Plumeria are cultivated for their showy, fragrant flowers that bloom from spring until early fall. Flowers come in shades of yellow, white, pink and red. These deciduous plants are also characterized by their thick, fleshy leaves that fall off in early winter.
Fun Flower Facts about the Plumeria
- in Australia, this flower is known as frangipani
- the plumeria is related to the oleander; the milky sap of the plumeria is poisonous and may irritate the eyes and skin
- the flowers are most fragrant at night; they use their scent to attract moths for pollination
- the flowers don’t have nectar
- In Hawaii, when a plumeria flower is worn in the hair over the right ear, it means that she is single and looking; worn on the left side, she is taken
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Brief Description of PlumeriaPlumeria is related to the Oleander, Nerium oleander, and both possess an irritant, rather similar to that of Euphorbia. Contact with the sap may irritate eyes and skin.Each of the separate species of Plumeria bears differently shaped, alternate leaves with distinct form and growth habits. The leaves of P. alba are quite narrow and corrugated, whereas leaves of P. pudica have an elongated shape and glossy, dark-green color. P. pudica is one of the everblooming types with non-deciduous, evergreen leaves. Another species that retains leaves and flowers in winter is P. obtusa; though its common name is "Singapore," it is originally from Colombia. To learn more about this beautiful plant visit Wikipedia
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Magical Hawaiian Plumeria
The Hawaiian plumeria, known as Melia in Hawaiian, is a very popular flower in the Islands. They are simple, yet beautiful flowers that grow on small trees and have a very alluring fragrance. Usually they are white and yellow, but sometimes they are pink or red, or mixed yellow/pink/orange These flowering trees were introduced to the Hawaiian Islands in the 19th century. But, originally they were used only in cemeteries. Their original name actually means “graveyard tree”. So for a while, people didn’t want to wear them, because they saw these flowers as a symbol of death. Get more information on the Hawaiian Plumeria
Significance of PlumeriaYou will find these flowers depicted on several forms of art like paintings, jewelry, etc., because of their attractiveness. They are also used for making scents and perfumes. In fact, the name 'Frangipani' comes from the name of an Italian nobleman, Marquis Frangipani, who had made a perfume with this scent in the sixteenth century.
- These flowers primarily symbolize beauty, charm, and grace. Plumeria flowers with their beautiful colors and fragrance symbolize natural beauty. Secondly, they represent spring, new life, new beginning, or birth.
- The plumeria stands for both, creation and recreation. It also stands for paragon or flawlessness.
- The plumeria flower has a special significance in the Hawaiian culture as it symbolizes everything that is positive. It is used for making leis and jewelry in Hawaii.
- The Buddhists associate plumeria with immortality. This is because the plant can bear flowers even after it is uprooted.
- According to the Vietnamese culture, the plumeria flower is believed to have healing powers. In ancient times, it was used for treating inflammation on the skin.