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Re: Oleander

Oleander is really a serviceable landscape plant, especially for low-maintenance [meaning generally unmaintained, such as highway medians, orchard windbreaks, and gated-community perimeters] areas. And, as Noreen says, it blooms most of the year. Yes, some find the floral fragrance not to their liking--it tends toward the "sickly sweet" end of the aroma spectrum--but it also attracts many different pollinators. Not my favorite plant, but I'm glad one is planted next to my lychee.

On Feb 22, 2006, at 12:24 PM, TeichFlora@aol.com wrote:

Hm...I've never had a bad smell on my Oleander, at least not that I noticed
from a normal distance. Never stuck my nose on a bloom though, not yet. I
really love the bottlebrush blooms too, but they only bloom in the spring,
where as the Oleander, at least here, blooms pretty much all year through.
Granted it is an overly used landscape plant, but it is definitely low
maintenance, and does well in droughts as well as floods. Birds love to hid in the
evergreen foliage year round, and the hummers and butterflies love the flowers.

zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast

In a message dated 2/22/2006 11:12:18 AM Central Standard Time,
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

Ugh! I hate oleander. It is everywhere here and stinks when it is in
bloom. A most unattractive plant in my opinion! I'd take a
bottle-brush bush over oleander anyday. At least the hummers like the
bottle-brush blooms (I dare you to say that 3 times fast!)

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Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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