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Plantidote of the Day 2011-08-25

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white oleander

Nerium oleander

Oleander

One of the few late summer plants still blooming here in Zone 10. Oleanders love the desert; they grow to heights of 12 feet or more in some of the least hospitable areas (i.e., freeway medians and vacant lots). Some varieties are fragrant, and there are also double flower versions. Color choices are limited to white and the red/pink family, as far as I know, but maybe someone has seen something new and will tell us about it in the comments.

The most important thing to remember about oleander is that all parts of this plant are poisonous, including the nectar which could end up in honey.

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