First Frangipani Blooms of 2020

The white frangipani (Plumeria alba) is a deciduous plumeria tree that is native to tropical areas 


(Plumeria plants (Plumeria sp), which are also known as Lei flowers and Frangipani, are actually small trees that are native to tropical regions (zone 10 and 11) . It is one of the plants used for leis in Hawaii. It is popular here in Central Florida (zone 9B); we are semi-tropical with tropical weather most of the time. When I first moved here, I tried to find plants that could handle the occasional freeze, but nearly all of them could not take a full Florida sun.  I wasted a lot of money for the first 4 years buying plants that died.  According to the garden section at Lowe’s , “there is full sun plants and full Florida sun.”  So I bought more tropical plants that love the sun and were easy to grow.






We can occassionally have freezes which can kill tropical plants. Luckily we did not have any hard freezes this winter here in Central Florida,  and my small Frangipani is loaded with flowers and buds.  Several years ago I lost my large Frangipani and my red tropical hibiscus due to 2 freezing nights which was the worse weather I have seen in over 10 years in my home. The 2 small cuttings I had planted the previous summer survived, and one is getting larger and is a faithful bloomer.





The plumeria trees go dormant by October and look like sticks in the ground. The leaves started appearing at the end of March, and then there were buds, and finally flowers around April 22nd.  I really don’t have to do anything to help them but will have blooms all summer. Like tropical hibiscus, the flowers only last a day but are always so beautiful.




Wishing you a beautiful day.










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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

42 thoughts to “First Frangipani Blooms of 2020”

    1. if you make it to Hawaii, 9 times out of 10, your lei will be frangipani. They come in other colors but I only have white and yellow. I’d like to get a pink one. That would be a great addition to the yard. Hope you’re having a great Sunday!

  1. Wow they look so unique, I’ve never seen anything like it.

    Thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto ❤️

  2. These flowers are absolutely gorgeous and since we are moving to SW Florida the end of the month, I’ll take that into consideration. I have lots of house plants but love planting seasonal flower pots.
    Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

    1. If you are living in SW Florida soon, do get a cut of frangipani. If you have a small spot of earth in the sun, plant it!

  3. I can almost smell the wonderful aroma! Your frangipani plant is beautiful. I smiled big at the Lowe’s man telling you there is full sun and Florida sun! I know exactly what that means!

  4. Carol – I can smell them from here! Wow! I don’t think I knew that they only last for one day. Good thing you have a faithful bloomer! Thanks for sharing this eye-popping beauty with all of us at Mosaic Monday!

  5. There are so lovely Carol! One of my favorite flowers! The frangipani are regarded as holy flowers in the island of Bali which practices Hindu beliefs and you can see every house has their own frangipani tree 🙂

  6. I have some, they blossom white flowers with yellow centers
    Happy mosaic Monday


  7. Such beautiful flowers and I love how they smell. If only this computer has smellovision! We are predicted to get a frost here Friday night. Ugh! I have my annuals planted already. I hope they survive.

    1. Friday afternoon go out and cover your annuals – you can use large garbage bags. If you have some stakes to put in the ground it will raise the plastic above the plants and provide more protection. Have to save the flowers!

  8. I’m glad you found something that worked. It’s weird to think that majestic bloom is a stick by October.

  9. I (upstate New York) can smile a little thinking of a winter with two freezes (if only!) but I think I may have been visiting Florida at the time your freezes happened. (January of 2018?) I remember seeing all the damage it caused. We are still having frosts, and may even have snow Friday night, so I will think of these gorgeous flowers to help keep me warm.

  10. They look fantastic and it was so interesting to read about the flowers and about your climate in Florida. #mysundayphoto

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