Saturday, February 13, 2010

name that stem

I promised a bit of democracy in my last post.

That was not exactly true.  What I need is a self-proclaimed plant expert.

My garden is filled with many plants I have never seen.  One in particular has baffled me -- and most of the people who walk by my place on the malecon.

These are the vitals.  It is a shrub with a stout trunk and leggy limbs.  The leaves are similar to a lilac -- as are the flowers.  But they are not as tightly bunched.  And the flowers are a brilliant red.

The flowers at issue are photographed above.

Any ideas?

Experts need to apply only by making a comment.


Theresa in Mèrida said...

Flor de Mayo, Frangipangi, Plumeria take your pick. Someone like you surely has been to Hawaii and had a lei put on them, the flower is Frangipangi. Here it's called Flor de Mayo because it blooms (the most profusely) in May.
It comes in various colours, I love that deep pink but the ones I have are white with yellow centers. It should have a good scent, some have more perfume than others.

- Mexican Trailrunner said...

Is it scented?

Anonymous said...

Frangipangi. Sounds like the head of an underworld syndicate.

Is it a member of the rhododendron family? The leaves look very similar.


Anonymous said...

Looks like a variation on the Oleanders we had in our yard when I was growing up in Phoenix. If so, they are probably poisonous...