But I Still Can’t Grow Oleander Here

so today in The Washington Post I see that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a new Plant Hardiness Zone Map. My area of Chesterfield is slightly warmer.

But it’s still not warm enough for Oleander.

I love this plant. There’s a huge bush of it at the house we usally rent (that belongs to a family member) in the Outer Banks. A few years back I took cuttings of the bush and brought back. The cuttings rooted and I brought them in for the winter. They survived the winter and the next summer, but for reasons I couldn’t explain didn’t make it through the next winter indoors.

I think if I’m going to have this in my yard, I’m just going to have to move further south.


  1. Isn’t that plant really poisonous?

    • Mike on January 29, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Yes it’s poisonous. You have to be careful after handling it.

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