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Euphorbia 'Variegated Devil's Backbone'

Euphorbia 'Variegated Devil's Backbone'

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Euphorbia tithymaloides, commonly known as Devil's Backbone or Jacob's Ladder, is a striking succulent native to Central America and the Caribbean. It features zigzagging stems adorned with variegated foliage, adding a touch of tropical flair to indoor spaces. With a moderate growth rate, it typically reaches a height of 1-2 feet when mature.

Botanical & Common Names

Botanical: Euphorbia tithymaloides variegata

Common: Jacob's Ladder, Devil's Backbone, Redbird Cactus, Christmas Candle, Japanese Poinsettia, Redbird Flower, Buck Thorn Cactus, Fiddle Flower Cactus, Jamaican Poinsettia, Zigzag Plant

Necessary Care Tips

  • Light: Bright Indirect
  • Ideal Temperature: 65-85°F
  • Humidity: Medium
  • Water: When the top inch of soil is dry
  • Fertilize: Once a month during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer diluted to half strength
  • Preferred Soil: Cacti and Succulent Potting Mix

Advanced Care Tips

  • Be cautious when handling Euphorbia plants, as many species produce a milky sap that can be irritating to the skin and toxic if ingested. Wear gloves and avoid contact with your eyes or mouth when pruning or repotting Euphorbias.

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.
  • Native to Central America and the Caribbean region. It is indigenous to countries such as Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and various Caribbean islands. In its native habitat, Euphorbia tithymaloides thrives in tropical and subtropical environments
  • This plant has the ability to tolerate a wide range of growing conditions, from full sun to partial shade, makes it adaptable to diverse ecosystems.
  • While the milky sap of Euphorbia guentheri can be toxic to humans and animals if ingested, the plant attracts pollinators such as bees and butterflies with its small, inconspicuous flowers.
  • Euphorbia'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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