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Nerium oleander

Rose bay

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Nerium oleander
  • Common name: Rose bay
  • Family: Apocynaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Evergreen

Rose bay, Nerium oleander, is a drought tolerant, evergreen shrub native to the Mediterranean. There’s a variety of cultivars to choose from, bearing pink, white or red flowers, in contrast with thin, pointed leathery leaves. Tender, it’s best suited to growing in containers, which can be brought indoors in autumn.

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Nerium oleander ‘Casablanca’ is a white-flowered rose bay, blooming over a long period, from summer to autumn. It’s ideal for growing in a large pot on a sunny patio, and makes a striking conservatory specimen in winter. For best results keep Nerium oleander ‘Casablanca’ at a minimum winter temperature of 10C, and water sparingly.

How to grow Nerium oleander

  • Plant size

    1.8m height

    1.2m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Take cuttings
Take cuttings

Do not Take cuttings in January

Do not Take cuttings in February

Do not Take cuttings in March

Do not Take cuttings in April

Do not Take cuttings in May

Do Take cuttings in June

Do not Take cuttings in July

Do not Take cuttings in August

Do not Take cuttings in September

Do not Take cuttings in October

Do not Take cuttings in November

Do not Take cuttings in December

Prune
Prune

Do not Prune in January

Do not Prune in February

Do not Prune in March

Do not Prune in April

Do not Prune in May

Do Prune in June

Do not Prune in July

Do not Prune in August

Do not Prune in September

Do not Prune in October

Do not Prune in November

Do not Prune in December

Nerium oleander and wildlife

Nerium oleander has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Nerium oleander poisonous?

Nerium oleander can be toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

Toxic to Horses

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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Pink-flowered indigo