In Buddhism, plumeria is among the "Five Trees and Six Flowers" that is widely planted in Buddhist temples. Though the plant is commonly seen in Southeast Asian countries, it is native to Central and South America. In Mayan culture, plumeria is often associated with deities of life and fertility.
Plumeria, also known as Frangipani, has different colors, such as white, pink, and red. The blooming period typically lasts from May to October. The flower emanates a special fragrance at night to attract moths for pollination, just like Angel's trumpet. In south China’s Guangdong Province, dried plumeria flowers are often used in herbal tea.
You can now see the white and pink plumeria flowers in the Botanic Garden at the Horticultural Expo in Beijing.
Angel's trumpet: A deadly beauty
(Cover photo via VCG.)
(Video filmed by CGTN's Shen Hui, edited by CGTN's Zhao Ying)
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