Bewildered Greeny

Easily My Favorite :)

Plumeria is related to the Oleander

This has quickly become my favorite flower. It is so unique and beautiful and comes in so many varieties. The quality I love most about the Plumeria is the way the flower petals layer over one another in a continuous swirl :)  

Oddly though in most cultures Plumeria is associated with ghosts, demons, funerals, death, and in some places even planted in cemetery grounds. Perhaps this is due to the fact that the Plumeria's contain a Poisonous Milky Sap. However in many Pacific Islands the Plumeria is the flower 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.

Plant Care

The plumerias are tolerant, but prefer rich garden soils.
Light: Bright sun or high shade. 
Moisture: Provide adequate moisture.
Hardiness: USDA Zones 9 - 11. Requires a virtually frost free climate. Plumeria drops its leaves when temperatures drop below 50°F (10°C).
Propagation: By cuttings in spring. Let latex sap dry, then dust with rooting hormone powder and plant in damp sand.