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Bridal bouquet plumeria adds splendor to gardens

By Heidi Bornhorst

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Sep 16, 2013

~~<p><strong>Question:</strong> There is a beautiful, tall white-flowered bush on Kamehameha IV road in Kalihi. My husband is in a care home there, and when I visit him I am sad, but when I see these pretty plants it cheers me up. He loves plants and misses his garden so I wanted to share more knowledge with him. There are some really pretty, well-tended walled gardens with these very striking plants in the neighborhood. Is it some kind of plumeria maybe? I think we saw some like this in the plumeria collection at Koko Crater Botanical Garden and near the lake at Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden. <em>&mdash; Mrs. K</em></p>
<p><strong>Answer:</strong> Yes, this is a plumeria, a species called Plumeria pudica, or the bridal bouquet plumeria. The flowers grow in a big bunch at the tips of the branches and are long-lasting and bright white. It is a fairly columnar-shaped, narrow-profiled plant. We have had them in Hawaii for a few years now and gardeners and landscape designers are adding them to their plant palettes.</p>
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Question: There is a beautiful, tall white-flowered bush on Kamehameha IV road in Kalihi. My husband is in a care home there, and when I visit him I am sad, but when I see these pretty plants it cheers me up. He loves plants and misses his garden so I wanted to share more knowledge with him. There are some really pretty, well-tended walled gardens with these very striking plants in the neighborhood. Is it some kind of plumeria maybe? I think we saw some like this in the plumeria collection at Koko Crater Botanical Garden and near the lake at Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden. — Mrs. K

Answer: Yes, this is a plumeria, a species called Plumeria pudica, or the bridal bouquet plumeria. The flowers grow in a big bunch at the tips of the branches and are long-lasting and bright white. It is a fairly columnar-shaped, narrow-profiled plant. We have had them in Hawaii for a few years now and gardeners and landscape designers are adding them to their plant palettes. Login for more...



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