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PlantFiles: Plumeria, Frangipani
Plumeria rubra 'Indonesian Rainbow'

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

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2 members have or want this plant for trade.

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 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
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:
Bright Yellow

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:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
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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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ooodaddyo1 On Apr 27, 2009, ooodaddyo1 from Lake Worth, FL wrote:

I love my Frangipani/Plumeria/Hawaiian Lei, whatever you want to call it. I bought mine at Home Depot several years back and planted it in my front yard. It was green and leafy and bloomed for a brief period that first year. I was horrified in the winter when every leaf turned brown and fell to the ground. I was sure I had murdered it somehow. But I discovered that unlike most other plants in Florida, it goes through a period of "hibernation". Early the next year, the leaf buds started appearing and I was ecstatic. When the flowers bloom, the scent is intoxicatingly heady. A breeze will send the perfume across the yard and it is spectacular. The flowers are white with yellow throats and are delicate and gorgeous. Last year it had a bad case of "rust" and I thought I would lose the tree, but it just shed all of its leaves and now this spring it is leafing out again, and starting to put out flowers. I recommend this tree for the excitement of renewal that it brings to spring!

Positive NativePlantFan9 On Feb 12, 2005, NativePlantFan9 from Boca Raton, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

This is a small to medium shrub or tree, like most or all Frangipanis. This is a rare variety that has beautiful 'Rainbow' flowers. It grows well in zones 9b through 11. For more information, see


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

Lake Worth, Florida
Naples, Florida

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