The pink oleander flower (Nerium oleander) can easily be spotted throughout the isles of Bermuda, flowering in the warmer months between March and September. This hardy shrub was first introduced to the island around 1790 and has since become a popular staple across Bermuda's landscape, thriving in the sometimes volatile sub-tropical climate. Historically, the oleander was and still is, used for the practical means of providing a protective barrier to crops from the ocean breeze and aesthetically for the pure enjoyment of its spectacular pink floral display.
Small but mighty, the pink oleander flower grows naturally in circular clusters at the end of each flexible branch. A single flower consists of five lobe-shaped petals, blooming between 1.1 and 1.9 inches in diameter. The petals are united in a tubular arrangement located at the base of the flower, housing delicate stamen that resembles a fringe of loose tassels, often feathery in texture. The naturally forming bouquets are supported by a robust and fast-growing bush that can grow up to 25 ft. in height, each branch covered in long, dark green lance-shaped leaves. Although the oleander flower comes in an array of shades mainly observed along the pink colour spectrum, ranging from the lightest blush to an intensely pigmented fuchsia, there are possibly hundreds of varieties known to exist, including red, white and yellow.
The striking pink oleander that has become a recognisable staple in Bermuda's culture also holds a deadly secret. Unknown to some, all aspects of the shrub, including the leaves, flowers and stem, contain a milky white sap that is extremely toxic if ingested. Nevertheless, this has not prevented the beloved flower from becoming the muse of many artists attempting to capture and savour its exquisite beauty. You can frequently spot the pink oleander displayed on objects such as the 1970's Bermuda three-cent stamp, ornate porcelain dinnerware sets, and even bottled within bestselling perfumes, popular amongst both locals and tourists.
|Standard||Denomination||Diameter||Weight||Alloy||Edge Type||Issue Limit||Prices|
|Proof||$2 (Colour)||38.61mm||31.21g||0.999 Ag||Milled||500||Market|
|Brilliant Uncirculated||25c (Colour)||36.61mm||28.28g||Cu/Ni 75/25||Milled||500||Market|
|Brilliant Uncirculated||25c||36.61mm||28.28g||Cu/Ni 75/25||Milled||500||Market|