Plumeria Bloom by Debra Martz Plumerias are in many yard landscapes on North Padre Island, Texas...except my yard so I have to go on walks to enjoy the beautiful blooms and the large variety of colors.
Plumerias are tropical trees famous for their gorgeous flowers which are used to make leis (especially common in Hawaii for welcoming leis). Other common names are frangipani and Hawaiian lei flower.
Plumerias have thick stems, leathery leaves, and an abundance of flowers from early summer until fall. In the tropics some varieties can grow to a height of over 30 feet. Shorter varieties can be planted and pruned into a large hedge. Plumeria's flowers are very fragrant, so plant trees close to windows or patios to enjoy the enticing fragrance. They are most fragrant at night in order to lure moths to pollinate them. The flowers have no nectar, however, and simply trick their pollinators. The moths inadvertently pollinate them by transferring pollen from flower to flower in their fruitless search for nectar.
March 15th, 2017
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