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

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

Pedilanthus is very easy to grow as a houseplant. It needs some protection from hot summer sun, but it will be happiest in full sun during the fall and winter. Take care not to over-water, which can cause rotting. Water sparingly, just enough to make the potting mixture moist. Water even more sparingly if the room temperature is below 60 degrees; the temperature should never go below 55 degrees. Liquid fertilizer should be used once a month. Plant in well drained sandy mixture. It does best in a small pot; you can change pots to just one size larger when roots become extremely crowded. The sap is moderately caustic, although mild by Euphorbia standards, it should still be handled with caution.


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Jeanette Hall
Brandon, MS
16 Jan 2015
When I got my piece of Devil's Backbone, it had no leaves on it. Just the stalk. I kept it watered and it turned into a beautiful plant. Give it some time, the leaves will come back.
felecia caldwell
alabaster
USDA Zone:50
22 Sep 2013
This is my favorite plant.I order one from top tropical and I was surprised how full and health it was.I would order all my pplants from them from now on.....thank you so much.
Valerie
Port Orange Fl 32127
27 Feb 2008
I have a Devils Backbone plant I bought at a tag sale... it is in the same pot as a jade... The Jade is doing fine, but during a windy day here inFlorida the Devils Backbone lost all of its leaves. It does have tiny red flowers on it now... will the leaves come back or should I get rid of it? The plant is kept outdoors.


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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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SUNSHINE Robusta - Rapid Growth Booster
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