Pedilanthus tithymaloides devil’s backbone
Pedilanthus tithymaloides devil’s backbone
Pedilanthus tithymaloides devil’s backbone
Pedilanthus tithymaloides devil’s backbone
Pedilanthus tithymaloides devil’s backbone
Pedilanthus tithymaloides devil’s backbone
Pedilanthus tithymaloides devil’s backbone
Pedilanthus tithymaloides devil’s backbone
Pedilanthus tithymaloides devil’s backbone
Pedilanthus tithymaloides devil’s backbone

Pedilanthus tithymaloides devil’s backbone

(This plant comes in a 3.5" pot. You will receive a very similar plant to the one in the picture. It may or may not be blooming at the time of your purchase. The plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots).

Pedilanthus Tithymaloides

Pedilanthus tithymaloides is commonly called devil’s backbone in reference to the zigzag stems that purportedly resemble a spinal column. Native from southern Florida and the Caribbean to Venezuela, this clump-forming succulent shrub or subshrub will grow in nature to 6’ tall and to 3’ wide. Indoors, it more typically grows to 2’ tall. Ovate to elliptic, medium green leaves (to 3” long). Showy, two-lipped, red bracts encase insignificant tiny scarlet flowers in late spring or early summer. Flowers are clustered at the branch ends. Fruits are small capsules. Plants rarely bloom indoors, however. Zigzag stems exude a poisonous milky sap when cut.

Genus name comes from the Greek words pedilon meaning sandal and anthos meaning a flower for the shape of the flowers.
Ref: Missouri Botanical Garden

 

Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz

Blooming Season Summer
Common Name Seashell devil's backbone
Dormancy Winter
Family Euphorbiaceae
Flower White
Frost Tolerance -3.8 °c
Growth Rate Slow growth
Hardiness Zone 9 to 11
Height 6'
Origin Caribbean to venezuela
Pot Size 3.5"
Scientific Name Pedilanthus tithymaloides devil’s backbone
Shape Foot-shaped
Sun Exposure Full sun

Pedilanthus tithymaloides devil’s backbone


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