Jamaican Plant :: Oleander (Nerium oleander)
This evergreen shrub can reach heights of up to 20’ but are most often pruned to a smaller size. Oleanders are extremely tolerant of a broad range of soil types, from heavy clay to well-drained sand. They are very drought tolerant and many survive without benefit of supplemental irrigation. Oleanders flower on new growth, so promoting lateral branching in spring can increase bloom count, these flowers occur in clusters. A naturally occurring toxin in oleanders (Cardenolide Glycosides), when ingested in certain quantities, can be harmful/fatal to humans and pets, simply put Oleanders are poisonous. Since this toxin occurs primarily in the sap, be sure to wash hands thoroughly after pruning or handling plant parts. Fumes from burning oleanders can also be toxic.