Frangipani Popularity

Centuries ago, missionaries and early travellers exported frangipanis from Central America.  The beautiful tropical plant became popular in some countries due to the abundance located around churches and temples which gave them a certain religious significance.

In the 1970’s, during social and political movements, the frangipani was used as a symbol of peace and harmony, bringing and promoting social harmony and inner contentment.

Widely used in tropical island cultures, they are often worn as leis, in skirts, hair, bouquets and behind the right ear indicating that one is “single and available”.