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Plumeria Pudica

20140729_083929sThe petals were so white they could have been bleached. It was only much later that I realised the flowers had yellow centres.

When the Plumeria Pudica first appeared on the scene, I wasn’t even sure if it was a plumeria. Its leaves were unlike those of the regular local variety. And the structure of the tree wasn’t the norm either. Instead of spreading out wide, the Plumeria Pudica just grew vertically and reached for the skies.

But its identity wasn’t really an issue; we were fascinated by its for20140729_083815bm.

Whenever we drove past a Plumeria Pudica in the neighbourhood, we’d slow down as much as we dared to gawk at the statuesque beauty. Since we were not given to coveting our neighbour’s plants, we figured we should get our own.

20140717_174736The initial price of the Plumeria Pudica was predictably high. After waiting for about a year, we bought it at half the price. What’s more, there were two plants in the pot!

The Plumeria Pudica proved to be a fast grower, although not quite in the same league as Jack’s legendary beanstalk. It’s barely a year since we bought it and the plant is already towering over me. I had to stand on a garden chair to get a shot of the yellow centres.

Will it have to be a ladder next? I think not.

The clusters are actually best viewed from below, each framed by the blue sky or a darker foil of a tree; which was exactly what captivated our attention in the first place.

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Care and propagation: Full sun, well-drained soil. Water moderately. Propagate using cuttings.

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