Devil’s Backbone Plant
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Devil’s Backbone Plant


Devil’s Backbone Plant, or Pedilanthus Tithymaloides Nana, resembles a ladder for its fleshy dark green, almost black, leaves that arranged opposite in pairs.

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Devil's Backbone Plant
Pedilanthus Tithymaloides Nana

Quick Facts

Known As

Devil’s Backbone Plant, Euphorbia Tithymaloides, Pedilanthus Tithymaloides Nana, Tithymaloides ‘Nanus’, Smallii ‘Nana’, Euphorbia Tithymaloides Smallii Nana Compacta

Growing Difficulty​​



Partial / Bright indirect light



Growth Rate


Pet Friendly


Air Purifying



Devil’s Backbone Plant, or Pedilanthus Tithymaloides Nana, Ideal for windowsills Pedilanthus Nana is a succulent of most unusual form. This evergreen shrub has zigzagging fleshy stems with thick waxy deep green symmetrical leaves and produces star like clusters of red flowers. It is an excellent plant for the urban gardener where ease of maintenance and lack of space is of prime importance. Usually growing to height of 4 – 6 feet Pedilanthus only requires half a day’s sun and is drought tolerant. These are very healthy plants with well established root systems.


Euphorbia Tithymaloides is a perennial succulent spurge. An erect shrub, the plant is also known by the scientific name Pedilanthus Tithymaloides. However, the genus Pedilanthus has been submerged into the genus Euphorbia, and is more correctly known by its new name.

The growth rate of Euphorbia Tithymaloides will vary greatly depending on soil type, sunlight, temperature and other factors.

Package description

  • One devil’s backbone plant ~ 8 – 12 inch
  • One plastic pot ~ 11cm

Dos and Don’ts after receiving the plant

  • Do not re-pot the plant immediately after receiving. We’ve taken care of that with better pot and rich soil.
  • Keep the plant in indirect sunlight for 3 to 7 days.
  • Always check the soil moisture and keep the plant hydrated all time. Do not over water it.