Saturday, 31 March 2012
Euphorbia tithymaloides (Devil's backbone)
Zig-zag stemmed plant, which is usually green and serves as photosynthetic organ when deciduous leaves are lost. The plant in the picture is a 'variegated' form.
Toxic root, stems, leaves and even seed, so even small amounts can cause irritations and violent vomiting and diarrhea.
Flowers in spring to summer.
It prefers sandy, well-drained and nutrient-rich soil, especially boron, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum and zinc.