The Meaning of Plumeria
This past spring we visited some friends in Hawaii. One of the days we were there, we went to the Koko Head Botanical Garden. The entrance to the gardens is lined with plumeria trees. The fragrance is wonderful! It appears the plumeria has special meaning is various cultures around the world.
Plumeria has always been part of the Hawaiian lifestyle, first as an ornamental flower at funerals and cemeteries and today in jewelry and tattoos. For Hawaiians, plumeria represents perfection and the bond between everything good. In addition, plumeria is the symbol of new life, springtime and re-creation of the nature.
In China, plumeria flowers are tokens of love. In China, it is not accustomed to share personal feelings, but giving a plumeria flower to your sweetheart has the same meaning as saying “I love you” or “You are special.” Chinese consider plumerias even more precious than orchids.
In Hindu culture, plumeria flowers represent loyalty, and young brides wear plumerias in their hair on their wedding day to show their loyalty to their new husbands.
In Vietnam, plumeria is the flower of the educated and westernized upper class. Therefore, plumeria flowers are used to show status in society.