Oleander

Nerium oleander

East Indian Oleander, Jamaica South Sea Rose, Laurier Rose, Rose Bay, Sweet-Scented Oleander, Rose-Laurel

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Nerium oleander is a tender evergreen shrub is often planted along roadsides as a beautiful shrub or small tree in warmer climbs but is a favourite container plant else where. Needing to be kept above 2C it will flower almost throughout the year given favourable conditions. It is very poisonous and in South Africa it has been classified as invasive and recommended to Not be planted anymore.

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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Do not use any part of this plant!

Propagation

Seed

The seedpod burst open to disperse fluffy brown seeds by wind. They germinate in 4-6 weeks.

Cuttings

Take semi-ripe cuttings in summer, approx. 7.5cm sections or terminal shoots of the current years growth. Place in a propagator (12-20C) to speed rooting.

Special features

Drought resistant

Once established, it can endure severe drought.

Wet sites

Often found along riverbeds and streams.

Hedge plant

Effective screen.

Attracts butterflies

Special features

Origin

Southwest Asia

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Half-Hardy

Personality

Family

Apocynaceae

Flower colour

Pink, White, Red

Scent

Mild

Problems

Can suffer from scale insects, spider mites and mealy bugs when grown under glass but otherwise pest and disease free.

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