Oleander
Host Plant for the Polka Dot Moth

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Oleander
Nerium oleander


Butterfly Host or Larval Food Plant for Polka-dot Moth Syntomeida epilais.

Pink Oleander (Nerium oleander) flower, host plant for Polka Dot Moth

Pink Oleander Nerium oleander flower, host plant
for Polka-dot Wasp Moth Syntomeida epilais
Polka-dot Moth (Syntomeida epilais) caterpillars larvae on Oleander (Nerium oleander)

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

Light: Sun

Size: Up to 15 feet. Can be trimmed to shrub size.

Water: Water frequently especially when first transplated

Soil: Well drained soil

Propagation: Cuttings

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.