Theis mentioned in the works of ancient Roman writers and appears in wall paintings in Pompeii. It is native to the Mediterranean, where it grows beside water courses, often forming large displays. It has decorative, evergreen that are linear-lanceolate and 10-15 cm (4-6 in) long. It bears masses of terminal clusters of pink , although in cultivated varieties these may be white, yellow or red, about 3 cm (1 inch) across. Semi-double and double, fragrant and unscented varieties are available. The first appear in June and the last in the autumn.
In order to flower profusely, the plants must be kept in a cool – 4°-10°C (39°-50°F) – and well-ventilated place in winter. Water only when theis beginning to dry out.
The plants can be transferred in their containers to the garden, aor a balcony in the spring. Take them indoors again before the first frosts. Water abundantly and once a week. Oleanders stand up well to , particularly young plants. They are readily propagated by tip that in water at normal room temperature. The best time for taking is from June till September. This must be done with care, for is extremely .