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Devil's Backbone

Euphorbia tithymaloides


This latex-bearing plant is grown as a potted plant by many. I have grown this for many years too because it requires little or no care...just watering. And a bit of broken stem roughly planted into soil will take root. This is the first time I have seen flowers on this plant.


This specimen was planted by my neighbour to beautify the side of the road running outside her boundary wall.


Wikipedia says: Earlier known asPedilanthus tithymaloides ; Euphorbia tithymaloides has a large number of household names used by gardeners and the public. Among them are buck-thorn, cimora misha, christmas candle, devil's backbone, fiddle flower, ipecacuahana, Jacob's ladder, Japanese poinsettia, Jew's slipper, Jewbush, milk-hedge, myrtle-leaved spurge, Padus-leaved clipper plant, red slipper spurge, redbird cactus, redbird flower, slipper flower, slipper plant, slipper spurge, timora misha, and zig-zag plant. In other parts of the world, it is known as gin-ryu (Japan); pokok lipan and penawar lipan (Indonesia); airi, baire, and agia (India); aperejo (Yoruba); sapatinho do diabo (Brazil); itamo real (Puerto Rico); pantoufle (France); and zapatilla del diablo (Mexico)


Rahul Upadhyay
Rahul Upadhyay 4 years ago

My pleasure :) It may be a little harder job for the bees, because the nectaries are covered with a somewhat tough flap of the bracts(a guess); birds may find it easier to access, and of course the ants too.

SukanyaDatta 4 years ago

Rahul, Really! I never knew...but I think the ants know...but no bees or anything...I will keep close eye on it. Thanks.

Rahul Upadhyay
Rahul Upadhyay 4 years ago

The flowers are filled with sweet nectar, and taste really good. ;)

SukanyaDatta 4 years ago

Thank you, NuwanChathuranga.

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Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Lat: 22.57, Long: 88.35

Spotted on Mar 8, 2015
Submitted on Mar 8, 2015

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