Description for Euphorbia tithymaloides, Pedilanthus (Variegated)
Euphorbia tithymaloides is a popular, erect, perennial, succulent; grow up to 8 feet tall. The leave is oval, slightly glossy, variegated, medium green and white edged. They flank the zigzag stems to resemble a crooked backbone with ribs.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Variegated Devils Backbone, Japanese Poinsettia, Slipper Spurge, Redbird Cactus||Red||Rarely flowers indoors||Up to 6 feet||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
Re-pot when the plant performs clump and goes beyond the pot size. It should be done before or after the rainy season and in the spring season.
Re-pot with the following proportions: 3 parts of potting soil, 1 part of grit (pumice), 1 part of the horticultural-grade sand, 1/2 part of the compost etc.
|Full Sun to Partial Shade||Well-drained soil||Medium||60 degrees C||Apply any organic fertilizer.|
Caring for Euphorbia tithymaloides
- Keep in a bright sunny location.
- Try not to water the leaves, give water to soil only.
- Avoid overwatering as the roots may get rot.
- Water the plant in a morning, between 8 to 10 am.
- Avoid keeping in suffocated areas or in a dark room.
- While re-potting or propagating try not to disturb the roots.
- Required care in the winter season. If growing in a pot, then kept in indoors and growing in outside do mulching.
Typical uses of Euphorbia tithymaloides
Special features: Small succulent subshrub for sunny indoor areas.Zigzag stems exude a poisonous milky sap when cut.
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.