NERIUM OLEANDER: BEAUTIFUL BUT DEADLY
To most of us, the word “Oleander” means one of two things: an attractive flowering evergreen shrub common to many gardens or a generic mid-90s post-grunge band that would be entirely forgettable if not for its oddly euphonic name. To botanists, oleander refers to Nerium oleander, one of the most poisonous (and prettiest) common garden plants. Every part of the oleander is toxic, and while reduced concentrations of oleander have been used in folk medicine to treat a number of skin diseases, pure oleander sap can damage your eyes, wreck your guts, and even stop your heart. Oleander exists today as one of the best reasons to teach your children not to eat flowers or to listen to mediocre alternative rock bands of the mid-to-late '90s.