Devil's Backbone (Pedilanthus Tithymaloides)


Lighting: Low - Bright  Indirect light

Water: About every 7 days. 

Humidity: Tolerates standard household humidity 

Family: Euphorbiaceae

Native Origin: West Indies

USDA Hardy Zone: 10 & 11


The Devil's Backbone is an easy indoor plant to grow. Commonly categorized as a euphorbia, they have very similar needs. We recommend providing strong direct light for your Devil's Backbone and watering once the soil is dry. When the plant becomes thirsty, its leaves will become wrinkly and droop just a bit.



Pedilanthus will grow beautifully outdoors, but they are not winter hardy and should be brought inside once temperatures dip below 55 degrees. Spring through Fall, keep your Pedilanthus in Full Shade and make sure it is not receiving any hot, direct sun. Water once your plant has had a chance to dry out, usually about every 4-6 days with moderate temperatures. You may need to water your Pedilanthus every 2-3 days during periods of extreme heat.

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