Frangipani is native to Mexico, Venezuela and the Antilles, where it grows as a shrub or small tree with short, rather thickmarked with numerous scars left by fallen . The branches are thick. Even when it is not in flower, its foliage makes the plant extremely attractive. The are 30-45 cm (12-18 in) long, 15 cm (6 in) wide, leathery and very glossy. During the resting period, which occurs twice a year (in winter and in summer), the leaves fall. The are very fragrant. They are up to 5 cm (2 inch) across and, typical of all members of the dogbane family, the petals are spirally furled in the bud. They range in colour from pink to red or purple. Interestingly, one edge of each petal curves inward.
If grown in the home, it must be put in ain full sunlight and that is also warm; otherwise the plant will not flower. Water only during the growing period.