Plumeria, most readily associated with the beautiful, fragrant leis of Hawaii, is actually a native of Mexico, Central America, and Venezuela. From those three areas, the flower has found its way around the globe. Plumeria’s common name is frangipani which came from an Italian family of nobility which concocted perfume with the scent of plumeria. A relative of Oleander, the plumeria plant contains a poisonous milky sap. The plumeria in this photo was cultivated by a good friend who has countless varieties growing in her nursery which specializes in this tropical/subtropical beauty.