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PlantFiles: Variegated Oleander
Nerium oleander 'Variegata'

Family: Apocynaceae (a-pos-ih-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Nerium (NER-ee-um) (Info)
Species: oleander (oh-lee-AN-der) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegata

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5 members have or want this plant for trade.


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year
Blooms repeatedly

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
By air layering
By tip layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive adheesh On May 23, 2014, adheesh from Fussa Tokyo
Japan wrote:

"While oleander may possess many healing properties, much like many powerful botanical remedies, this plant can also be deadly when taken or prepared incorrectly. This plant should never be eaten raw, as its raw extract form is highly toxic. One raw leaf has enough poison in it to kill a small child, as well as any pet.

Put a cutting in my pond ,roots started to grow.

Positive dushyantdhari On Jun 17, 2013, dushyantdhari from Jammu
India wrote:

It is a homeopathic remedy for skin, heart and nervous system.

Negative moochacha2b On Jan 19, 2012, moochacha2b from Apache Junction, AZ wrote:

Although the variegated oleander grows beautifully all over this part of Arizona, I've had little luck with blooms. I have three shrubs, two in raised beds, that grow quickly but generate very few buds and blossoms compared to all the other ones in the area.

In fact, the shrubs at the grocery store are always just covered in blossoms, and I may get only 6-12 in a season. They hack those suckers back to 14" in height several times a year and the buds just keep coming back, whereas mine just grow lovely green and cream leathery leaves and a few flowers.

My research told me that the buds form in the fall, so I stopped pruning in early spring in case I was cutting off all the immature buds, but it made no difference.

Your site says they require regular but not a lot of water. Mine are on the drip system that waters all our other plants and cactus. Is it possible the lack of buds is due to over-watering?

I'd really love to know why mine aren't behaving like everyone else's. Thanks for listening!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Dothan, Alabama
Saraland, Alabama
Scottsdale, Arizona
Oakland, California
Fort Myers, Florida
Naples, Florida
Brunswick, Georgia
Charleston, South Carolina
Sumter, South Carolina
Baytown, Texas
Gilmer, Texas
Jacksonville, Texas

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