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Euphorbia tithymaloides - Devils Backbone

3" Nursery Pot

The Devil's Backbone Euphorbia, scientifically known as Euphorbia tithymaloides, is a striking succulent plant with a truly unique appearance. Its distinctive feature is its zigzagging stems, resembling a rugged backbone, adorned with pairs of pointed, lance-shaped leaves. The leaves are typically a vibrant green, sometimes tinged with red or bronze, and have a charming scalloped edge. This resilient and fascinating succulent adds an intriguing and eye-catching element to your indoor or outdoor garden, making it an excellent conversation starter for plant enthusiasts and admirers alike.

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Botanical Name: Euphorbia tithymaloides
  • Common Name: Devils Backbone 
  • Family: Euphorbiaceae
  • Native Range: Central Africa 

Ed's Care Guide

  • Care Level: Easy
  • Light: Bright light to Full Sun- more light encourages the red coloring 
  • Water: Water thoroughly once soil is dry, water very sparingly in the winter
  • Humidity: avg. room humidity 
  • Temperature: 65-85F
  • Pruning: Prune as needed to remove brown or dead leaves
  • Feeding: 1/2 strength fertilizer weekly during spring and summer
  • Growth: Upright
  • Propagation: top cutting
  • Pests: Look out for spider mites if conditions are dry 
  • Toxicity: Toxic to humans and pets