Have you ever been at the Mediterranean sea? If yes, you won't ever forget this intoxicating Oleander smell that fills the air like clouds of sweet perfume. The Oleander is one of the most incredible compliments on our sences, and not only because of it's delightful fragrance.
Nerium oleander is native to northern Africa, the eastern Mediterranean basin and southeast Asia. Oleander prefers dry, warm climates and may naturalize in such areas.
This fast growing evergreen shrub can reach up to 20 ft tall but is usually seen trimmed at 6-10 ft . It forms a rounded mound to about 10 ft wide. It is a tough, versatile plant with showy summertime flowers in white, red, pink, salmon. Leathery, lance shaped leaves range from about 4-10 in long, depending on variety and are a bright green. Oleanders have a tendency to become leggy - overgrown individuals should be pruned as needed to maintain a nice shape. A popular variety is 'Petit Salmon' which is a dwarf that grows to only 4 ft.
You'll get a mixed package with all 4 colors, white, pink, red and salmon.
Hardy zone 9-10
The small seeds should be barely covered. Use a soil mixture to which you should add 15% coarse sand. To germinate the seeds be very careful that you do not keep the soil wet - it should only be lightly moist, Provide bright light.