Plumeria cv ‘Sally Moragne’
P. ‘Sally Moragne’ is one of the famous Moragne hybrids produced by the late Mr. William Moragne, Sr. of Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii during the 1950s. After nearly twenty years of experiments, Mr. Moragne performed the first documented cross pollenation of Plumeria rubra varieties. The results are some of the most spectacular plumeria cultivars known. He named this cultivar for his daughter Sally.
‘Sally Moragne’ is characterized by its pronounced tendency to rapidly fade from a colorful rainbow of reds, oranges, and pinks while opening to nearly white after just a day or so. All observed specimens of this cultivar have exhibited unusualy distorted and discolored leaves during at least part of the growing season. The cause of this anomoly is open to speculation.
We have seen several pretenders to the throne, so to speak, for this cultivar name. The specimen documented here is from the University of Hawaii collection and can be traced back to its donation to the university by Mr. Moragne.
- Top: The center one forth (bottom), is yellow 9B. The outer three forths is red-purple 63B that begins pale and grainy on the left and becomes an intense stripe on the right.
- Bottom: A red-purple 60D stripe on the left, then pale and grainy red-purple 60D on white showing white veins. A splash of yellow 9A appears in the extreme lower right.
- Flower Width: 11 cm
- Texture: Delicate
- Tendency to Fade: Dramatic
- Petal Type: Wide elliptical, rounded tip
- Fragrance: Floral sweet
- Intenstiy of Fragrance: Mild
- Color: Yellowish green
- Texture: Rigid, smooth
- Leaf Border Color: Reddish
- Petiole Color: Green, red tint
- Shape: Wide elliptic, acuminate tip
- Length: 27 cm
- Width: 12 cm
- Pollen Parent: ‘Scott Pratt’
- Seed Parent: ‘Daisy Wilcox’
- Seed production: average
- Branching: poor to fair
- Growth habit: Upright, lanky
- Measured Trunk Circumference: 35 cm