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The bark and leaves of Nerium oleander (family Apocynaceae), a shrub of the eastern Mediterranean; formerly used as a diuretic and heart tonic.


A poisonous ornamental evergreen shrub, Nerium oleander.

oleander (ōˑ·lē·anˈ·dr),

n Latin names:
Nerium oleander, Nerium odoratum; part used: leaves; uses: diuretic, cardiac conditions, menstrual complaints, laxative, insecticide, abortifacient, parasiticide, anthel-mintic, warts; precautions: abortifacient, pregnancy, lactation, children, cardiac glycosides, toxic. Also called
adelfa, laurier rose, rosa Francesca, rosa laurel, or
rose bay.


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When it comes to plants for oleander replacement, you can choose from several Califronia native species.
The Oleander is one of the most poisonous plants in the world.
The nurse is sitting with crossed legs and crossed arms on a stone bench among the oleander shrubs.
Thus, in sucking sap from the plant, the leafhopper ingests bacteria that multiply in its saliva and then are passed along to neighboring oleanders when the insect visits them to feed.
Unlike bougainvilleas, oleanders will survive brief periods of light frost, as long as the compost is dry.
The Petite oleanders grow slowly, and are easily held at 3 to 4 feet tall and wide.
Another guy suggested podacarpus, and I was also wondering about oleander.
Oleander leaf scorch is easy to diagnose since oleanders are normally the picture of health.
In Palm Springs, as replacement for some of the dying oleanders, giant thevetia (Thevetia thevetiana) is being planted.
I have noticed that regularly sheared oleanders appear to be less affected than oleanders that are cut back only occasionally.
color) Victor Morales, 16, drags a dead oleander to a trash bin during a Waste Management-sponsored community cleanup.
Experts say as many as half of the oleanders in Southern California are now infected with the bacteria that causes leaf scorch, and it's only a matter of time before the landscaping mainstay is gone for good.