Plumeria (or Konas)

Cho purchased five branches of Plumeria (or Konas). We hope they will survive the weather but we managed to have the Eugenias growing without any problem. The Plumeria branches were brought from the Philadelphia Flower Show.

Cho took the effort to plant them in pots and hopefully we will know by next year. For the time being, they will remain dormant like hibernating bears.

Can’t wait for them to flower because the petals have such an alluring fragrance to them. The petals are also used for decorating; simply place them in a bowl-shaped vase with water. They will languidly float around.

The Plumeria is indigenous to Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and Asia. The flower serves many purposes. In the dialect of Kannada spoken in the Old Mysore region of Karnataka of southern India, the flower is called DevagaNagale. In the Western Ghats of Karnataka, the local people use cream colored Plumeria in weddings. The groom and bride exchange Plumeria garland at the wedding.

In Sri Lankan tradition, Plumeria is associated with worship. One of the heavenly damsels in the frescoes of the fifth-century rock fortress Sigiriya holds a 5-petalled flower in her right hand that is indistinguishable from Plumeria. In Eastern Africa, they are sometimes referred to in Swahili love poems.

They can even be consumed –

Quote – “Plumeria or Frangipani – Toss these pristine, honey-sweet flowers in your salad, cook them in candy, or dry them for an exotic tea.” Unquote from A Feast of Flowers – An Epicure’s Guide to Edible Flowers by Kathy Corey and Lynne Blackman

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