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. Thick-stemmed plant 6 to 10 ft. tall and broad. Fleshy light green leaves to 6 in. lo...
Native to Hawaii. Slow growing to 20 ft. tall, 8 ft. wide. Leaves to 4 ft. long. Full sun brings out t...
Notable for flower form: blossoms are fan shaped, with all the segments on one side. Named for the Rom...