Many people don’t know that this graceful and aromatic flower is originally from Mexico and farther south. It was brought to Hawaii for use in gardens and lei making. Since then, the shrub’s popularity has grown into many people associating the flower more with Hawaii than elsewhere.
Plumeria continue to be used for lei making, landscaping, and even exporting. There are several-acre plumeria orchards throughout the islands supplying the flower to its takers.
It is delicate but not fragile and has a strong, nearly overpowering, scent that can be picked up from a block away.