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Devil's Backbone

Euphorbia tithymaloides

Also known as

Japanese Poinsettia

Devil's Backbone (Euphorbia tithymaloides) 5 by Mokkie (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Partial Shade
Light watering
Tender

11b

USDA zone

7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2m

Max

1m

1.2m

Min

60cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Devil's Backbone

A close up of a green Euphorbia tithymaloides plant with pink flowers
A close up of some pink flowers on a Euphorbia tithymaloides plant

Devil's Backbone Overview

Euphorbia tithymaloides is a succulent, evergreen perennial shrub from the Euphorbiaceae family. Commonly known by the names Devil's Backbone or Japanese poinsettia. This plant is commonly grown for its attractive succulent foliage. It originates from rocky environments in Florida and Mexico to Tropical America. It produces fleshy, succulent stems and narrow, pointed, green leaves up to 15cm long. Devil's Backbone may be grown as an unusual houseplant, enjoying partial shade and little water. This plant is considered invasive in certain locations such as Cuba, New Caledonia, Wake Island and the British Indian Ocean Territory. Previously known as Pedilanthus tithymaloides. The cultivar Pedilanthus tithymaloides 'Variegatus' produces attractive variegated foliage.

How to propagate Devil's Backbone

Cuttings

Seed or stem cuttings in spring or summer.

Seed

Special features of Devil's Backbone

Attractive leaves

Pot plant