5 Best Types of Plumeria That You Can Grow at Home

Plumerias are flowering shrubs or trees that are popularly known as frangipanis. These ornamental plants are native to Mexico and Central America. They produce flowers in different shades of white (most common), pink, yellow, red, and pastel bi-colors. The flowers are very fragrant, and since they are pollinated in the evenings, they release their scent at sunset. Plumerias are not cold-hardy, so it is advisable to grow them in containers and transfer them indoors in winter. Here are some of the best plumerias you can grow in your home garden.

Plumeria Rubra

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This deciduous shrub takes the shape of a vase. It bears red, white, yellow, or pink fragrant flowers. It is common to find flowers bearing two or more colors. The flowers can be as wide as 4 inches, and they bloom in terminal clusters from late spring to fall. Plumeria Rubra emits a rose or jasmine-like scent while others produce a citrusy, peachy, or Gardenia-like aroma.

Plumeria Rubra can grow to 25 feet tall. When it is not blooming, the leaves can be as big as 10-inches long, and they’re attractive to view.

Plumeria Pudica

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This is a fast-growing evergreen plumeria popularly known as the bridal bouquet, wild plumeria, or white frangipani. It features dark green foliage and white flowers with a yellow shade. The flowers bloom in bunches hence the common name bridal bouquet. Plumeria pudica flowers are not fragrant, but the beauty of its leaves can make you forget about the absence of a sweet scent. This species secretes a poisonous white sap when it is injured. Beware!

Plumeria pudica grows to about 15 feet tall. Pruning is inevitable; luckily, pruning plumeria pudica is effortless. They require at least 6 hours of daily sunlight to bloom.

Plumeria Stenopetala

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This special variety of plumeria originates from the Dominican Republic and Cuba. It is a hybrid of Plumeria Stenophylla and other varieties of plumeria. It produces white flowers that emit a lovely scent that will remind you of jasmine. The showy flowers on plumeria stenopetala are white and cream. They bloom throughout the season, adding a taste of color and texture to a dull garden.

Plumeria stenopetala thrives in full sun and requires not less than 6 hours of sunlight daily to bloom. They can grow up to 5-feet tall.

Hot Pink Plumeria Plant (Hawaiian frangipani)

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This tropical plumeria plant produces aromatic flowers with hot pink petals. The pink color and sweet scent of this flowering plant evoke the feelings of a warm tropical island. They are excellent for adding a showy accent to your garden, patio, or any outdoor space. You can plant this variety in pots or directly into the ground. However, since they are not tolerant to colds, it is advisable to plant them in a container. This is because you will need to move them indoors during winter.

The plant loves sunny environments, and it flourishes during summer.

Plumeria Stenophylla

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This is a shorter variety of the plumerias. It bears very scented pinwheel flowers that have narrow curled petals. The flowers come in shades of white, off-white, and cream, with a slight touch of yellow at the center. And they bloom all year round. Plumeria stenophylla is a good choice for anyone looking for a flowering plant to brighten their green garden. You can choose to grow this variety as a little tree or compact bush. Unlike other types of plumeria, stenophylla has elongated and narrow leaves with a stem that is not thick.


You can choose to plant one variety of plumeria or combine different varieties in different parts of your landscape if you are in warm climates. But if you are in colder regions, plant them in pots for easy relocation during winter. For more gardening tips, subscribe to our blog today! 

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