These golden balls of fluff are the seed capsules of the oleander, our most prolific shrub. Oleanders – or ‘elfas’ as Pablo calls them – grow wild everywhere here. They are tough as anything and seem to survive in the driest, barren hillsides. For us, they are maintenance-free, covered with flowers and grow to imposing heights, up to 6 metres.
They are toxic in parts, particularly to animals when consumed in large quantities, though we have never experienced any difficulty. We enjoy the red, pink and white flowers. Everything about the oleander is big; and its fruit capsule can grow up to 9 inches long.
5 to remember
la adelfa – the oleander
dorado/a – golden
una bola de pelusa – a ball of fluff
prolífico/a – prolific
un arbusto – a shrub