Pink Oleander Nerium oleander flower, host plant
for Polka-dot Wasp Moth Syntomeida epilais
Polka-dot Moth Syntomeida epilais
caterpillars on Oleander Nerium oleander
Botanical Name: Nerium oleander
Common Names: Oleander
Plant type: Large Shrub / Tree
Zone: 8 - 11
Size: Up to 15 feet. Can be trimmed to shrub size.
Water: Water frequently especially when first transplated
Soil: Well drained soil
Bloom: White, pink, yellow
Note: Host plant for Polka-dot Moth Syntomeida epilais also called Wasp Moth.
Note: All parts of the plant are poisonous including smoke from a fire burning oleander leaves or plant parts.
Note: Watch for orange caterpillars with black tufts of hair. These caterpillars are the Polka Dot or Oleander Wasp Moth.