Plumeria plants, with their beautiful colorful blooms, are not just a flower to admire on tropical vacations. With a little love and dedication, you can also successfully grow one at home.
If you want frangipani (plumeria) to thrive in the UK, location is everything. With a little TLC, you can grow and propagate this tropical beauty in the comfort of your own home. You can find out exactly how this works and which varieties of the frangipani tree do well in our article below.
Frangipani: flower and properties
Frangipani is the name given to plants of the Plumeria genus in the Apocynaceae family. They are generally found in Central and South America and the West Indies. With the right conditions, it is also possible to grow her successfully in temperate climates like the UK.
Plumeria flowers come in a wide variety of colors and not only are they stunning to look at, they also exude an equally impressive fruity-sweet scent. Frangipani bloom here between June and October, making them very popular houseplants. The buds have a waxy look, and since the stamens and stigmas you usually see in the center of a bud aren’t visible, they appear almost minimalist. The stems can be up to 3 cm across and usually bear a cluster of coarse leaves with distinct leaf veins at the tips of the shoots. The stems also contain a toxic sap, so be sure to wear gloves when handling the plant.
Depending on the variety, Plumeria grows more as a compact shrub or as a sprawling tree that can grow up to 8 m high in its homeland. As a houseplant, however, they rarely grow higher than 3 m.
In Asia, the frangipani plant symbolizes immortality and is often planted near temples, which is probably where one of its other common names – temple tree – comes from.