Plumeria alba (common name Frangipani) is a genus of flowering plants in the dogbane family, Apocynaceae. It contains seven or eight species of mainly deciduous shrubs and small trees. They are native to Central America, Mexico, The Caribbean, and South America as far south as Brazil.
But can be grown in tropical and sub-tropical regions.Plumeria flowers are most fragrant at night in order to lure sphinx moths to pollinate them.
The flowers have no nectar. However and simply dupe their pollinators. The moths inadvertently pollinate them by transferring pollen from flower to flower in their fruitless search for nectar.
Plumeria species may be propagated easily from cuttings of leafless stem tips in spring. Cuttings are allowed to dry at the base before planting in well-drained soil. Cuttings are particularly susceptible to rot in moist soil.
In order to get the most from a plumeria plant with respect to growth, size, blooms, and scent. There is a fine balance that must be maintained.
Ideally a plumeria is in its element when it can have plenty of sun and appropriate water. So as to maintain soil moistness just above a state of dryness.
In Persian the name is "yas" or "yasmin". In India, the name is "champa" or "chafa", in Telugu "Deva ganneru" (divine nerium), in Manipuri "Khagi Leihao" . In Hawaii the name is "melia". Although common usage is still "plumeria".
In Sri Lanka it is referred to as araliya and in English as the Temple Tree. In Cantonese, it is known as 'gaai daan fa' or the 'egg yolk flower' tree.
The name 'Leelawadee' (originating from Thai) is found occasionally. In Indonesia where the flower has been commonly associated with Balinese culture, is known as "Kamboja". Plumeria smells stronger in the night in order to attract insects for pollination.
The crafty Plumeria has no nectar, but virtuously mimics nectar-producing flowers. Poor pollinators go from flower to flower refusing to believe they are fooled and she gets what needed.
A flower in India Plumeria has been used as the treatment for itches and fevers. It is believed that Mayan people added it for skin treatments.
The simplest way is to add a drop of Plumeria essential oil to Jojoba oil and massage this mixture into skin after bath. Even if Plumeria doesn’t work Jojoba works for both and your skin smells heavenly.
Frangipani is a very unique and complex odour , reminding of Rose and Jasmine and Citrus. Can be used as such as a fragrance or can be used in the middle note complex of a fragrance.