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Euphorbia tithymaloides, Pedilanthus tithymaloides, Devil's backbone, Zigzag plant, Jacob's ladder

Euphorbia tithymaloides, Pedilanthus tithymaloides

Devil's backbone, Zigzag plant, Jacob's ladder
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Origin: Tropical Americas
Large shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterPink flowersOrnamental foliageIrritatingSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

This large shrub 5-10 ft tall is native to the tropical Americas and is known for its ornamental foliage and pink flowers. Its common name is the Devil's Backbone. It is a rather irritant plant due to the presence of a milky sap. When it comes to growing care for Euphorbia tithymaloides, it is not a very demanding plant. It needs full sun during the fall and winter, and semi-shade in the summer. It is best to keep the potting mixture moist, but not too wet, especially when the room temperature is below 60F. Liquid fertilizer should be given to the plant once a month. It is recommended to use a well drained sandy mixture when planting, and a small pot. If necessary, you can change the pot size to one that is slightly bigger when the roots become crowded.

Euphorbia tithymaloides can be grown USDA Zone 9-11. In colder climate it can be grown in a pot. Be sure to bring the plant indoors during the winter in colder climates.

Overall, Euphorbia tithymaloides is a low-maintenance, hardy plant with beautiful pink flowers and ornamental foliage, making it a great addition to any home.


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Pedilanthus tithymaloides - Devils Backbone

Devil's backbone, Zigzag plant, Jacob's ladder. Curious plant with showy growth habit - zig-zag stems, and interesting pink flowers. Drought tolerant, easy in cultivation, and as a houseplant.

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This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in
6"/1 gal pot
In stock
$27.95