A very beautiful bush grows in my garden, its flowers are like small roses, it has a delicate aroma, and it is impossible to take your eyes off when it blooms. It is an oleander and it is poisonous.
Its flowers fascinate with their beauty and wondrous aroma, but they are fraught with mortal danger.
Today I decided to write about it, because it is important to know, because oleander grows everywhere in Israel. It is used in landscape design, because it is not whimsical and very quickly grows from a small bush into a huge bush, the size of a tree. It is everywhere, and it probably grows in your garden.
As for the danger, it is quite serious, any type of oleander bushes can cause death of a person. At the same time, the poisonous properties of the plant do not disappear either after drying or with any kind of processing.
All parts of the bush are poisonous; they contain large quantities of glycosides - organic compounds that were used in the production of medicines. It is enough to chew an oleander leaf to get an almost fatal poisoning. For accidental eye contact with oleander juice, you can pay with loss of vision. Oleander branches should never be used to light a fire. You can only trim and work with oleander with gloves.
The poisonous qualities of oleander became the reason for the appearance of legends. One of them tells how the flowers killed the soldiers of Alexander the Great.
The soldiers of Tsar Alexander were moving from the territory of Asia Minor towards India, stopped at a halt and decided to cook dinner for themselves. In order to light the fire, they gathered bushes with beautiful flowers. They ate and fell asleep, but when morning came, none of the warriors woke up. There is another version of the legend - the soldiers died because they ate meat strung on oleander branches and cooked on fire.
In Greece, there is a saying "Whoever sees it admires, whoever eats it dies."
But, despite this, the oleander continues to delight the eye with its splendor, not only in gardens and parks, but also in apartments, like a houseplant
Here is such a flower, scarlet ...