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They Called It Crooked Back Cactus - What Is It?
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Ask the Expert:What is this "cactus"?
I purchased this plant at a flea market in SC and the seller called it a "Crooked Backed Cactus". I haven't been able to find this plant online under that name and would like to know what it is so that I can properly care for it. Melanie
Flower Shop Network Plant Expert Reply: Although the plant looked familiar, I could not place it. So I passed it on to Rick Pudwell at the Memphis Botanical Garden. I knew he would know exactly what the plant is called.
According to Rick
The plant is commonly called Devilâ€™s Backbone. Botanical name is Euphorbia tithymaloides variegatus. It is a true succulent not a cactus. Like all Euphorbias the milky sap can cause a rash or irritation to exposed skin, so be careful if using it for cut material.
So there you have it! It is a Euphorbia tithymaloide.