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Other Names: Redbird Cactus/Buck Thorn/Christmas Candle/Fiddle Flower/Ipecacuahana/Jacob's Ladder/Japanese Poinsettia/Milk Hedge/Slipper Plant/Zig-zag plant.

Scientific Name: Euphorbia Tithymaloides Jamaicensis

Family: Euphorbiaceae

Native: Central America & the Caribbean


A perennial succulent that is hardy, sun-loving and creates interesting spiky, leafy silhouettes when grown in a bush. Container friendly. A member of the Euphorbia family, Pedilanthus is quite drought resistant and when cut, as with other Euphorbias, will give out a milky sap that is also toxic to ingest. Very easy to maintain and particularly beautiful when in bloom and topped with pink flowers! Pedilanthus shrubs are varied. This one is less "ladder-like", offers a more lush green foliage and is of the sub-species "Jamaicensis".


**Sold in 1 liter/4.7" standing (2 ft. tall app.)

***All our plants are organically grown without the use of any chemical fertilizers, fungicides or pesticides.

Pedilanthus/Devil's Backbone Green

  • GROWING: Re-pot in a larger container or grow in-ground to increase root and foliage growth. Grow separately as this plant is quite demanding of soil/water resources. Trim off old, drying leaves from time to time and add this as shredded foliage around your plant to increase humus and soil health. Avoid moving this plant around as it is sensitive to relocations and tends to shed its leaves each time it is moved.

    LIGHT: If growing indoors, place in a bright spot with exposure to direct but not strong sunlight/ambient light for at least six hours daily. If growing outdoors, place in semi-shade as exposure to strong direct sunlight will burn the leaves of this plant.

    WATERING: Alternate days in summer and twice a week rest of the year. Allow soil to dry out completely between watering events. Never let its roots sit in stagnant water. If growing indoors, ensure that drip trays are emptied regularly.

    FERTILIZING: Our plants are sold in organically enriched, NPK+MagSulf strong, potting mixes that would need no additional soil amendments for at least one year. If re-potting/migrating to a larger container, we recommend the use of Mandy's Farm Foliage Plant Potting Mix or one similar to it.

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