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Oleander – Monday Macro

Oleanders are in bloom everywhere now, but I haven’t seen them  this season.  This picture was taken during one of my walk  some time ago. Oleanders grow wild in all the empty spaces.  They usually put up  good show in the summer months. I do miss these simple pleasure that nature serves to us on a platter each day.

I miss the blue morning glories that usually grow along the boundary of our property. These have all disappeared thanks to the work of the excavators  that were used by the construction workers.

As children we used to make whistles and noise makers with the leaves of the oleander.

Oleander Facts

Oleanders love the sunny tropical climates.

These shrubs can grow up to a height of 20 ft.

These plants produce clusters of flowers in many colors, shades of pink pink, yellow, white , peach red etc

It is one of the most poisonous plants found on the face of the earth. Touching the leaves , the stems and the sap could lead to poisoning. However ingestion of the sap is the most dangerous.

Some of the signs of poisoning are diarrhea, vomiting, dizziness, irregular heartbeats,  and seizures. Frothing at the mouth can be a grave and fatal sign.

However, the seeds and leaves of the oleander are used in the production of medicines for various ailments such as asthma, epilepsy, menstrual problems, warts and other skin conditions.

These plants are highly drought resistant.

Oleander is the official flower of Hiroshima in Japan. It was chosen as the official flower because it was the first plant to blossom after devastating effects of atomic bomb in the 1945.

These plants can easily be cultivated from cuttings and seeds.  Oleanders are the favorites of people experimenting with various cultivars. There are over 300 cultivars available of the oleander despite its toxicity.

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