What Does a Plumeria Flower Symbolize?

The symbolization of the plumeria flower depends on the culture; for example, it represents perfection in Hawaii, immortality in India and a woman's relationship status in Polynesia. The plumeria flower, which is also called frangipani, is native to tropical regions of the world. It is commonly used in the leis given by Hawaiians as a welcoming gesture to visitors.

The plumeria comes in a variety of colors, including yellow, white, pink and orange. The flower has five teardrop-shaped petals, each with a diameter of about 3 inches. The plumeria has grown in Hawaii since the late 19th century. It is the national flower of Nicaragua and Laos, and it is the city flower of Palermo, Sicily.