Updated May 6, 2014 – Plumera, also known as Frangipani and Flor de Mayo, is native to Mexico. In the Jaltemba Bay area, they bloom in the spring and their beautiful fragrant flowers range from white and yellow to pink. They are deciduous plants so they drop their leaves in the fall and winter months. If you see a Plumeria during the winter you might actually think it’s dead, because when dormant, they are nothing but a bare stick figure with shiny grey bark.

Plumeria is part of the Apocynaceae family and is related to Oleander, Mandevilla, Desert Rose and Star Jasmine, all of which have a milky sap that is poisonous if ingested. Each of the 7-8 species has different shaped leaves and while their form and growth habits are distinct, they typically grow 4-8 meters tall. Their flowers are most fragrant at night and they are easily propagated from cuttings.

There are several different varieties found in the Jaltemba Bay area…

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This gorgeous yellow and white Plumeria, and the one in the top photo, are from two different varieties found on Calle Golondrinas in the Zona Residencial in Rincón de Guayabitos.

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This yellow and white Plumeria is located along Avenida de Los Flamingos in the Zona Residencial in Guayabitos.

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This beautiful pink Plumeria is planted in the courtyard at Mar y Sol Hotel located on Avenida del Sol Nuevo in Guayabitos.

Click here to read In Bloom: Plumeria (Part 2)

by Allyson Williams
Updated May 6, 2014 – Originally published May 15, 2012

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