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Plant identification

Posted by yardmom (My Page) on
Fri, Aug 21, 09 at 19:42

Does anyone know what this plant is?

mystery plant

A friend of mine got it and I believe it is an 'annual' here in Maryland (zone 7). The flower looks a little bit like a mandivilla, but I am not at all familiar with most flowering plants in warmer zones.

Any ideas?

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RE: Plant identification

Looks like Oleander.

RE: Plant identification

Thank you, esh ga!

RE: Plant identification

Be careful around the Nerium oleander.
It is one of the most toxic plants in the world!
All parts of the plant have the toxins, so be sure to wash hands thoroughly if you touch the flowers or leaves.
Probably would have to ingest a significant quantity of the plant, for it to be fatal, but doesn't require much to cause nausea, stomach cramps, diarrhea and rapid heartbeat.
Enjoy, but don't touch!

RE: Plant identification

According to the University of Florida :

"All parts of the plant are poisonous so care must be taken when locating Oleander near areas frequented by small children; burning of the trimmings will produce toxic fumes. Even chewing once or twice on a leaf or twig can send a person to the hospital."

Wow ! Who knew ?

Here is a link that might be useful: Nerium oleander: Oleander

RE: Plant identification

OK, people need to chill out about oleanders. Yes, they're toxic, but unless you have a hungry cow in the yard or your kids are alwaysa gravitating to gnawing on shrub leaves in your backyard...

if all the "chicken littles" in the gardening world really stepped back, I think they'd stop getting close to angel trumpets, daffodils, calla lilies, dumbcanes, etc. too.

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