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PlantFiles: Plumeria
Plumeria rubra 'Lurline'

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Plumeria (ploo-MEER-ee-a) (Info)
Species: rubra (ROO-bruh) (Info)
Cultivar: Lurline

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
By grafting
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Clare_CA On Dec 8, 2005, Clare_CA from (Zone 10b) wrote:

From the publication:

Plumeria in Hawaii

By Richard A. Criley
Department of Plant and Soil Sciences
College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
University of Hawaii at Manoa
January, 2005


Flower purplish-red tip and outer margin, with bright yellow-red inner margin; yellowish-red to red mid-petal with orange throat; red to purplish-red reverse side outer band, merging with light reddish-yellow inner band
Petal long, wide, elliptical, moderately overlapping, round tip; reflexed; 3⁄4-inch corolla tube; medium to thick texture
Size three-and-one-half to four inches in diameter
Scent spicy fragrance
Stalk heavily budded, sturdy peduncle with 1-inch pedicels; greenish-red, hairy, upright, tight flower clusters
Keeping quality very good
Leaves medium green; venation not prominent
Leaf Shape tips acuminate
Leaf Size blade 14–15 inches long by 4–41⁄4 inches wide, with 3-inch petiole
Plant habit upright, open branching
Bearing habit March-April through November, heavy flower production
Parentage open-pollinated seedling of ‘Gold’; sibling to ‘Kimo’
Remarks Named in honor of and with the permission of Mrs. Lurline Matson Roth, and released to Hawaii Association of Nurserymen by CTAHR in 1973.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Naples, Florida
New Orleans, Louisiana

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