|Sun Requirements:||Full Sun to Partial Shade
|Minimum cold hardiness:||Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
|Plant Height:||Can reach 6 to 8 feet in height|
|Plant Spread:||24 inches|
|Flowers:||Other: In the genus Euphorbia, the flowers are reduced in size and aggregated into a cluster of flowers called a cyathium (plural cyathia). This feature is present in every species of the genus Euphorbia but nowhere else in the plant kingdom.
Late summer or early fall
|Dynamic Accumulator:||B (Boron)
|Toxicity:||Other: All members of the genus Euphorbia produce a milky sap called latex that is toxic and can range from a mild irritant to very poisonous.
|Propagation: Other methods:||Cuttings: Stem
|Containers:||Suitable in 1 gallon
Needs excellent drainage in pots
|Posted by plantladylin (Florida - Zone 9b) on Oct 15, 2011 8:20 AM
Euphorbia tithymaloides is native to tropical and subtropical areas of North America, Central America and Mexico. It is a shrub-like succulent that is drought tolerant, preferring a well-draining potting medium and a location of full sun to partial shade. The stems of this Euphorbia grow in a zigzag pattern, giving it one of its common names of Zig Zag Plant, and the small red flowers are described by some as resembling tiny red birds, giving it another common name of Redbird Cactus. The plant is easily propagated by taking stem cuttings and sticking them in soil. Contact with the milky sap of this plant may cause skin irritations.
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|Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Feb 4, 2012 3:26 PM
Euphorbia tithymaloides has a large number of common names. Among them are buck-thorn, cimora misha, Christmas Candle, Devil's Backbone, Fiddle Flower, ipecacuahana, Jacob's Ladder, Japanese Poinsettia, Jew's Slipper, Jewbush, Milk-Hedge, Myrtle-Leaved Spurge, Padus-Leaved Clipper Plant, Red Slipper Spurge, Redbird Cactus, Redbird Flower, Slipper Flower, Slipper Plant, Slipper Spurge, timora misha, and Zig-Zag Plant.
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