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Variegated Oleander 'Variegata'

Nerium oleander

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



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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



This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Austin, Texas

Baytown, Texas

Gilmer, Texas

Jacksonville, Texas

Port Arthur, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 11, 2016, kd13 from Austin, TX wrote:

Mine is 2 years old. When I purchased it, I had no idea what it was. I put it in a large pot and let it grow. I never expected a bloom. This year I could tell it was about to bloom. When the bloom opened I knew. I grew up with oleanders everywhere. Mine is pink and the variegation is beautiful. It is a little warmer here than I think they like but I will water mine so that it is happy.

Lucky me! By the way, I am in zone 8.


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.


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

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


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.

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