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Plumeria rubra 'Passion'

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

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12 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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:
Sun to Partial Shade

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

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


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and 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 DawnRain On Mar 31, 2005, DawnRain from Bartow, FL wrote:

This is a tropical plant I would recommend for everyone. It does need full sun to produce plenty of blooms. But it stores so well for winter. When frost is expected, dig the whole plant up or bring the pot indoors and store anywhere the temp stays above freezing. You could keep it stored for 8 months if necessary. Then replant it or bring the pot out for tropical atmosphere on a patio or in a garden. Not all species will bloom equally, but most are loaded with beautiful fragrant blooms that will give you the feel of a tropical paradise. When it is too big for you, keep a cutting and give the mother to someone who can appreciate it.

Neutral flamesralston On Mar 30, 2005, flamesralston from Lyndhurst, VA wrote:

The plant is container grown, in the basement during winter months and dormant. Have been successful rooting from trimmings. It takes a lot of care for few blossoms. Grows taller every year requiring cutting back.


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

Arroyo Grande, California
Big Pine Key, Florida
Bradley, Florida
Key West, Florida
Largo, Florida
Naples, Florida
North Port, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Vero Beach, Florida
Honomu, Hawaii
Mililani, Hawaii
Pukalani, Hawaii
Darlington, South Carolina
Arlington, Texas
Corpus Christi, Texas
Katy, Texas
Roma, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Sealy, Texas
Sinton, Texas
Lyndhurst, Virginia

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