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.
Nature has a clock that doesn’t always correspond to the calendar. When it comes to tropical plant plumeria, also called frangipani, they are deciduous and bloom from spring to fall. That usually means all the leaves and flowers end, and you’re left with just the stick-like tree. Here in central Florida my plant usually starts to bloom by early April. The leaves start to drop in September and the plant goes dormant by the end of October. It is November 8th and I have 2 flowers and one bud left to open on the leafless stick tree.
Above you will notice a curved dark growth beneath the flower. That is a seed pod. When the seeds are ready, the seed pod will crack open. The seeds will be blown in the wind to disperse. I’m hoping to save a few seeds to plant. Below on a twig on the right is my last bud. November is really late to be making flowers.
Today when I came outside the ground was wet. We had rain last night. We went into the dry season after Hurricane Ian passed and have had little rain. The forecast is rain tomorrow and possible the next day. I’m happy for rain as my grass is almost dead. Our skies are usually blue and sunny. Today is very cloudy and a little gray. I still see blue under the clouds and it could clear later.
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