Crooked stem plant

Polly381(5/6)October 13, 2012

I just bought this at Lowe's, no tag of course. Any ideas what it might be? I thought it looked sort of like it was in the bamboo family but I am not sure.

Thanks

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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

I know this one. Its not a grass (bamboo is a type of grass) but I think its something close to Euphorbia.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2012 at 3:55PM
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Polly381(5/6)

OK I will research that. It was the only one there, I asked the attendant and they didnt know. SURPRISE!! (Not)
thanks Larry

    Bookmark   October 13, 2012 at 4:40PM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

Good luck! Id like to know too.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2012 at 4:45PM
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Polly381(5/6)

Larry here is what I found but this is one is varigated.
Euphorbia tiruis. I cant find any other information besides the name. If anyone else has growing information, I would appreciate it.
Thanks

    Bookmark   October 13, 2012 at 4:47PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Nope. sorry, I don't think so.

I think it's called Pedilanthus (Devil's Ivy). It comes in all green & in variegated. I believe it's a form of Euphorbia, so I'd recommend caution when handling it & its sap (to avoid potential skin irritation).

    Bookmark   October 13, 2012 at 6:07PM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

Ah,Pedilanthus tityhmaloides, also known as Euphorbia tithymaloides. Lumpers and splitters in action again..and yes its toxic:

Here is a link that might be useful: Zig Zag Euphorbia info

    Bookmark   October 13, 2012 at 6:28PM
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Polly381(5/6)

Thanks Larry, I appreciate the info.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2012 at 6:36PM
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greenlarry(UK 8/9)

Of course I want one...;)

    Bookmark   October 13, 2012 at 6:58PM
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strobiculate

Pedilanthus thithamaloides. A few cultivars available. Reddish tint develops if temps cool enough. Can flower, small little red flowers that appear to be flying, leading to the name red bird cactus. I prefer the variegated forms, especially a cultivar called splish splash, with a variegated stem in addition to the leaf.

What in the euphorbia group ain't poisonous to some degree?

    Bookmark   October 13, 2012 at 7:27PM
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tropicbreezent

It's scientific name is Euphorbia tithymaloides. According to Wiki these are some of it's common names:

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.

I've only ever called it Zig-Zag Plant. I've got a lot of it at my place, both green and variegated. Never look after it. Some is growing in full shade and doesn't have a lot of growth. One growing in the sun is a big clump/bush, or maybe multiple plants.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2012 at 7:50PM
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Polly381(5/6)

Wow thanks everyone. I seen it last week and when I went back today it was still there.
Thanks everyone for the info.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2012 at 8:28PM
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