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Euphorbia 'Devil's Backbone'

Euphorbia 'Devil's Backbone'

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The Pedilanthus tithymaloides 'Devil's Backbone', formerly Euphorbia tithymaloides, is a fascinating houseplant admired for its unique, zigzagging stems that resemble a spine or backbone. The plant features small, lance-shaped leaves that are green with a reddish tint, adding to its striking appearance. This Euphorbia exhibits an upright and bushy growth habit, and when fully mature, the 'Devil's Backbone' typically reaches a height of approximately 2-3 feet. 

Botanical & Common Names

Botanical: Pedilanthus tithymaloides (formerly Euphorbia tithymaloides)

Common: Devil's Backbone, Zigzag Plant, Jacob's Ladder, Redbird Cactus, Japanese Poinsettia

Necessary Care Tips

  • Light: Bright Indirect
  • Ideal Temperature: 65-75°F
  • Humidity: Low
  • Water: Allow the soil to dry out completely between watering
  • Fertilize: Fertilize sparingly, once in the spring and once in the summer.
  • Preferred Soil: Cacti and Succulent Potting Mix

Advanced Care Tips

  • Can tolerate higher temperatures but should be protected from frost. Ideal nighttime temperature is around 50°F (10°C).
  • Caution should be taken when handling this plant, as its sap is toxic and can cause irritation.

Plant Insights

  • Member of the Euphorbiaceae family, also known as the Spurge family, which is a large family of flowering plants that includes over 6,740 species.
  • Euphorbia species are found worldwide, with a high diversity in Africa and Madagascar.
  • The white, milky sap (latex) of Euphorbia is a defense mechanism against herbivores. This sap is toxic and can cause irritation.
  • Euphorbia is highly drought-tolerant, making it suitable for xeriscaping (landscaping that reduces or eliminates the need for irrigation).
  • phorbia's are commonly mistaken for cacti due to their appearance and spiny structures but these plants are more like succulents!
  • Unsafe / Toxic
  • Low Maintenance

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