Cummer Resources

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is committed to engage and inspire through the arts, gardens and education. A permanent collection of nearly 5,000 works of art on a riverfront campus offers more than 95,000 annual visitors a truly unique experience on the First Coast. Nationally recognized education programs serve adults and children of all abilities.

Art »
Upcoming Exhibitions
Past Exhibitions
European Collection
American Collection
Meissen Porcelain Collection
Special Collections
Gardens »
Upper Garden
English Garden
Olmsted Garden
Italian Garden
Season Highlights
Garden Ornaments
Education »
Art Connections
For Teachers
For Kids
Get Involved »
Join the Cummer
Benefits and Levels
Membership Groups
Our Partners
Make A Donation
Volunteer Opportunities

What’s Blooming? Oleander



There are few flowers that equal the oleander in beauty and usefulness. The oleander is a river-side plant, inhabiting mainly parts of Western Asia and Southern Europe, and is a good living plant, as it is born into mud, water, and warmth. They are large plants, growing anywhere from 6.6-20 feet in height, with stems that splay outward as they mature. The leaves are in pairs of three, and the flowers grow in clusters at the end of each branch in white, pink, or red.

Oleanders grow well in subtropical regions, and are extensively used as an ornamental plant in landscapes, parks, and along roadsides. They are drought-tolerant and will tolerate occasional light frost. Oleander flowers are showy and fragrant and are grown for those reasons.  However, this beautiful shrub must be handled with care, as it has historically been considered a poisonous plant based on a number of its compounds that exhibit toxicity, especially to animals, when consumed in high amounts.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Post Author

This post was written by who has written 406 posts on The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.

Director of Art Education

Comments are closed.