I saw a bush at one of the gardens when I was in Brazil called a Allamanda nerifolia. Can I grow it here in the States??
Allamanda nerifolia or as it is also called Allamanda cathartic or Golden Trumpet Bush is hardy to zones 10–11 and tolerant of dry spells. It grows best in rich, well-drained soil and needs regular pruning or it becomes thin and spindly. If you grow it in a container be sure to move it inside before the temperature goes below freezing. This is a very poisonousPlants are a great addition to homes and offices, but it’s important to know whether your plants are dangerous to children, pets, or even adults. Some plants contain chemicals such as oxalates, solanine, glycosides, or alkaloid lycorine that may cause vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, swelling and redness of the mouth, throat, and lips, and trouble breathing. Touching parts of certain plants, especially the sap, may cause various skin irritations. The weight and age of the human or pet involved, and the part and amount of plant eaten determine how severe the reaction to the toxins will be. Although plants may be listed as non-toxic, they can still cause individual allergic reactions. If there is any question after a houseplant has been ingested or touched immediately call the Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222 The Handbook of Poisonous and Injurious Plants [Paperback]is an excellent reference to keep around if you have young children and pets. shrub so keep it away from small children and pets.
Don’t Feed me To You Cat! A Guide to Poisonous HouseplantsIn her new book, Don’t Feed Me to Your Cat!, plant care professional Judy Feldstein shares information about twenty-five common houseplants, each with various levels of toxicity, and the possible consequences if your pet or child snacks on them.