Plumeria (also called Frangipani), originated in the Caribbean and was introduced by Spanish priests in America. The plant came to Australia with Polynesian missionaries and from there was spread by catholic missionaries to numerous places on earth.
In modern Polynesian culture, the flower of Plumeria is worn by women to show if a relationship is wanted or not. When it’s carried above the right ear, it means they’re seeking a relationship, and when carried above the left ear it means they are taken. The Plumeria flower means loyalty in Hindu culture. Hindu women wear the flowers in their hair at their wedding day, to show that they are loyal to their husband.
The name Frangipani comes from Italian nobleman Marquis Frangipani, who invented perfumed gloves in the 1600s. People linked the scent of Frangipani to these perfumed gloves and called this flower Frangipani. The name Plumeria came from the French Botanist Charles Plumier from the 1700s. He described a diverse range of Plumeria’s.
Plumeria is a plant which will make everyone happy! It gives a tropical feeling in the living room with its delicate flowers and delicious scent.