The Plumeria Flower. Amazing in it's delicate fragrance and multitude of color combinations, the import to Hawaii from Central America is the stuff of legends!
It is so common and has thrived so well in the Hawaiian islands that many people believe it originated here, but no. It was imported in the mid 1800s.
Related to the Oleander the sap is milky and poisonous, but only if ingested.
One interesting biological we found on Wikipedia was this:
"Plumeria flowers are most fragrant at night in
order to lure sphinx moths to pollinate them. The flowers have no nectar, and simply dupe their pollinators. The moths inadvertently pollinate them by transferring pollen from flower to flower in their fruitless search for nectar."
Tricky flower this one, and abundant here on Maui and all the other islands. Perfect for leis, floating arrangements and especially popular single, behind the ear.
We love working with these beautiful and relatively hardy flowers here at Dellables, so be sure to ask for them if you find them as attractive!