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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 shrub - an Oleander - had dark green leaves and pale, orange-pink flowers.
A The fact that your oleander is putting on buds suggests that it is healthy, Marjorie.
As compensation for American classroom instructors eager to take advantage of Oxford University Press's paperback reissue of Ananda Lal's well annotated edition of Three Plays by Tagore, however, Chakraborti's study contains a useful survey of English language discussion of Red Oleanders and a persuasive argument of the success of Red Oleanders as an autonomous work of art, without any reference to its Bengali original.
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.
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.
As you may know, oleanders are dying everywhere from Palm Springs to Pacoima.
The bacterial leaf scorch epiphytotic, a plant epidemic among oleanders, continues.
Teens have chopped ugly, dead oleanders cut from along the Metrolink tracks and tossed them into Waste Management's green waste bins.
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.