- The scientific name for this plant, Pedilanthustithymaloides, means foot-shaped flower.
- Pronounced as Pedi-lan-thus.
- Commonly known as Devil’s Backbone.
- In an effort to describe the blooms, devil’s backbone has been called red bird flower, Persian lady slipper and Japanese poinsettia.
- It makes a superb houseplant with its tall stems, alternate leaves and colourful “flowers” which are actually bracts or modified leaves.
- Keep the soil lightly moist until the stems root. Then repot the new plants in a good houseplant potting soil.
- This houseplant likes bright indirect sunlight.
Water the plants when the top few inches of soil feel dry. Keep it only moderately moist, yet not soggy.