Devil's Backbone 'Mystery Plant'
Pedilanthus tithymaloides 'Mystery Planet'
The Devil's Backbone gets its name of its unusual growth habit. The plant's dense collection of stems change direction every few inches so they form jagged zig zags. Combined with the delicate leaves, etched in white, the Pedilanthus looks like it was plucked from a fairy tale.
There's been some medical interest in the plant (or, more specifically, its sap) as it contains large amounts of unusual compounds. Supposedly, in Peru it's sometimes added to psychoactive brews made from the mescaline-containing Trichocereus cactus.
Warning: this sap is also highly irritating for the skin, so if you want to prune your shrub, use gloves!
Pets: Not pet-safe.
Pot dimensions: 12cm diameter x 11cm height
Excludes decorative pot.