Frangipani (genus Plumeria) is native to tropical and sub-tropical America. However today it is most widely recognised as associated with Hawaii, via the lovely leis. A garden or room can be transformed into a tropic oasis by the clever use of frangipani.
Frangipani can be propagated by taking a cutting in Spring when the stem tip is lifeless, allowing the cutting to dry, and then inserting into soil. Commercial propagation is often performed via tissue culture.
The perfumed blossoms will bring a sweet, tropical aroma to any garden or room, particularly in the evenings.
Although a sub-tropical plant, it can be grown successfully in cooler climates. In regions prone to frost, the plant can be stored indoors in a pot or even a garbage bag.
Frangipani are relatively slow growing, taking several years to mature. The stems are also quite brittle and easily damaged. Be careful to avoid contact with the milky sap as it may cause skin irritation.
Frangipani at Better Homes & Gardens
Frangipani, Plumerias and More, Plumeria at HGTV
Plumeria at National Gardening Association
The Handbook on Plumeria Culture by Richard Eggenberger, Mary Helen Eggenberger
The Exotic Plumeria, a pictorial, Volume 1 by Alan W. Bunch
Growing Plumerias in Hawaii by Jim Little
In Your Garden:
Do you have frangipani in your garden? If you do, we’d love to hear from you about your experiences with this iconic tropical plant.
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