Oleander-Nerium Oleander

Nerium oleander, commonly known as oleander, is an evergreen shrub that is native to the Mediterranean region but is now widely cultivated in subtropical and tropical regions around the world.

Oleander is a versatile plant that can be grown as a small tree or a large shrub, depending on how it is pruned. It can grow up to 20 feet tall and 10 feet wide. It has long, narrow, leathery leaves that are arranged in whorls along the stem. The plant produces clusters of showy, fragrant flowers in shades of pink, white, red, and yellow, depending on the cultivar.



Despite its beauty, oleander is toxic if ingested and should be handled with care. All parts of the plant contain toxic compounds that can cause severe gastrointestinal symptoms if ingested, and skin contact with the sap can cause dermatitis in some people.

Oleander is a hardy plant that can tolerate drought, salt spray, and poor soil conditions. It prefers full sun to partial shade and well-draining soil. It is often used as an ornamental plant in gardens and landscapes, as a specimen plant or as a hedge.

Overall, oleander is a beautiful and versatile plant that can add color and interest to any garden or landscape. However, its toxicity should be taken into account when deciding whether or not to plant it, particularly if young children or pets will be present.


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