Some of my favorite Maui flowers - so many choices!
I'm having a hard time deciding which flowers to highlight for the May 2023 Challenge, we have so many lovely ones to consider. I think it comes down to the plumeria flower because of the fragrance, which always reminds me of the islands. From the first moment when I stepped off that plane (back in the days when you actually descended onto the tarmac) and was greeted by the sweet scent of flowers, I always associate the plumeria smell with Hawai'i.
These soft 5-petal flowers come in such a variety of colors, from pure white to bright yellow and pink, and combinations of all three. They say the ones with the yellow centers have the best smell and that might be true.
We don't have a lot of these trees on our Haiku farm, because they actually prefer the drier hotter side of the island with the sandier soil. So when we get flowers on our little trees we really appreciate it. They make great leis as the flowers will hold their shape and scent for hours, even a whole day.
They can be propagated from a simple cutting of a branch, so they are easy to grow. Learn more about these tropical plants on Wikipedia.
Are they really a spring flower? Yes and no. Some varieties will flower all year round, but other trees will actually lose their leaves and look barren over the winter, and then come around in the spring, with new leaves and a burst of new blossoms! They are always a welcome sight, just in time for mother's day and graduation leis.
Oh Oahu you can visit the Little Plumeria Farm where the Little family has been cultivating new varieties for 50 years.
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