Variegated Pedilanthus, Devil’s Backbone
Pedilanthus tithymaloides ‘Nanus’ is a very unusual succulent plant with fleshy dark green almost black leaves arranged opposite in pairs. It resembles a ladder. This evergreen shrub has zigzagging fleshy stems with thick waxy deep green symmetrical leaves and produces star-like clusters of red flowers
Grow Pedilanthus in full sun to partial shade in a very well-drained, sand-based soil. In hot summers, shade is recommended for afternoons and so is moisture. Keep the soil drier in winter.
Take care not to over-water, which can cause rotting. Water sparingly, just enough to make the potting mixture moist.
Liquid fertilizer should be used once a month. Plant in a well-drained sandy mixture.