Pedilanthus tithymaloides smallii 'Variegatus'
Devil's Backbone, Jacob's Ladder
Both commonly-sold species have decorative stems, but those of Pedilanthus macrocarpus are bare most of the year. Both have inconspicuous red flowers concealed in tubular or slipper-shaped red bracts.Pedilanthus tithymaloides smallii 'Variegatus'
Caribbean native to 1–2 ft. tall, with somewhat fleshy, zigzagging stems and 2–3-in., oval mid-green leaves. Has grayish stems and leaves marked with white and pink; it is fairly common as a houseplant. Under good growing conditions, may produce 1/2-in. bracts in summer. Partial shade. Give houseplants bright indirect light; fertilize every couple of monthsduring warm months, and keepsoil barely moist.
Hawaiian native to 20 to 45 ft. high and as wide. Masses of white to chartreuse, coral, orange, red, o...
Native to Hawaii. Slow growing to 20 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide. Leaves to 4 ft. long. Full sun brings out t...
Native to many Pacific islands, including Hawaii. Striking palm-like tree sends down large aerial root...