A Plant with a Punch

Meet Nerium Oleander, a plant that's as charming as it is mysterious. Known by many names such as 'Common Oleander', 'Rose Bay', and 'Rose Laurel', this plant is a true showstopper in any garden. But beware, its beauty comes with a bite!

Nerium oleander

Partial To Full Sun

Can handle a mix of direct and bright light throughout the day.

Low Water Needs

Requires occasional watering (once a week), resilient to some dryness.

Adaptable but Rocky Soil Challenging

Adapts well but may find rocky soils challenging due to physical effort needed for planting.

Highly Adaptable Soil pH

Suitable for all pH environments, from acidic to alkaline.

Low Human Safety Concerns

This plant has minimal safety concerns.

Safe for Pets

No known safety risks to pets and livestock.


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About Nerium oleander

Standing tall between 6 to 19 feet and spreading wide from 6 to 10 feet, the Nerium Oleander is an enduring, woody plant that commands attention. Its verdant leaves provide a lush backdrop for its eye-catching, odoriferous flowers that bloom from early summer to midyear. The flowers come in a variety of stunning colors, from ivory and amber to fuchsia and scarlet. Its fruit, though not its main attraction, adds an interesting touch with its bronze and jade hues.

Did you know that despite its venomous nature, the Nerium Oleander has been used in traditional medicine for centuries? It's a classic case of 'looks can be deceiving'!

Also known as

Common oleander
Rose bay


Despite its captivating beauty, the Nerium Oleander is not edible. In fact, it's a venomous plant, so it's best to admire its charm from a distance.

Our design recommendations

The Nerium Oleander is a versatile plant that can be used as a boundary or groundwork planting. It also makes an excellent concealment hedge or a dwarf tree. Its vibrant colors and unique structure make it a standout feature in any landscape. This plant is quite adaptable and can thrive in a variety of settings. It's perfect for oceanfront landscapes, tub planting, and even as a room plant or deck decoration.