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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 ;


Rahul Upadhyay
Rahul Upadhyay 6 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 6 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 6 years ago

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

SukanyaDatta 6 years ago

Thank you, NuwanChathuranga.

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Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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

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