Plumeria, also commonly known as Frangipani, bears sweetly fragrant flowers. Even if they did not smell so good, they are also very beautiful! Plumeria trees are native to Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America. Today they are popular worldwide, especially in areas where it doesn’t freeze. The flowers of these beautiful plants are used in making traditional Hawaiian leis.
This tropical plant is easy to grow and care for in our more temperate South Texas climate. You do have to protect it in the wintertime, and if you’ve ever grown one, then you know why they are worth the effort.
Once growth begins in spring and watering resumes, they will swell and return to their former state.
When kept outside, pests are usually not a problem, but if kept inside or in a greenhouse, mealybugs and spider mites might bother your plants.
Because they are loved by so many people (understatement), there are societies devoted to this plant, including the Plumeria Society of America, Inc., which is located in Houston*.
Source: The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service http://agrilife.org/etg/2014/07/11/plumeria-and-frangipani-bring-the-tropics-to-your-home/
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