Saturday, 31 March 2012

Euphorbia tithymaloides (Devil's backbone)

Native to tropical and sub-tropical North and Central America.

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.

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