Saturday, August 7, 2010

Plumeria Frangipani

The Plumeria, also known as Frangipani, is usually in bloom from the months of March through October, depending on the weather.  When I see a plumeria, the first thing that pops in my head is Hawaii.  In the Polynesian islands, you will find all sorts of colors~white, pink, red, yellow and even a deep red/orange blend.  Here on the mainland, we use our rings to symbolize our relationship status, in the Hawaiian culture women wear this to show their relationship status - over the left if taken, over the right if single or "seeking a relationship". Plumerias are also used to make fresh leis.  You will see these flowers everywhere at the Hawaiian events; on jewelry, print designs and they even sell silk or ceramic Plumerias for over the ear all the way down to a toe ring!  It looks like the real thing...but it doesn't smell like the real thing!  The Tahitians also use this flower to scent their monoi oils, which is great for moisturizing the skin, the ends of your hair and can be used as a massage oil. The Hawaiians are surrounded by so many beautiful flowers, the Plumeria is one of the more important ones to them.  When you look carefully at many of the ancient artwork and tattoo designs from Hawaii, you will notice that if it doesn't stand alone, it's always right next to a Hibiscus, Hawaii's state flower.  To them it's a symbol of Spring, so we can associate it with birth, life, and the coming together of everything good.  The Mayan's also have many ancient carvings and art work with this flower on it.  To them it represents the sun ~ there are many connections to that flower through Aztec text and glyphs. It's the symbol of procreation and life, much like it is for the Hawaiians.

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