A beautiful evergreen shrub (Nerium oleander
) of the Dogbane family, having clusters of fragrant red, white, or pink flowers. It is a native of the East Indies, but the red variety has become common in the south of Europe. Called also rosebay
, rose laurel
, and South-sea rose
. [1913 Webster
" Every part of the plant is dangerously poisonous, and death has occured from using its wood for skewers in cooking meat."