The Lovely Plants

Ornamental, Indoor/Outdoor Plant: Pedilanthus Tithymaloides

Pedilanthus is a genus of ornamental shrubs and bushes grown for their foliage. Most of the species have succulent leaves and stems with milky sap. Originally native to tropical regions of America, Pedilanthus grows easily in most parts of the world as ornamental foliage plants for outdoor as well as indoor houseplant. The most popular species is Pedilanthus Tithymaloides mostly grown as indoor foliage plant.

Pedilanthus Tithymaloides, Slipper Plant - Image by douneika (flickr)

Pedilanthus Tithymaloides is commonly known as Jacob’s Ladder or Slipper plant because of its ‘zig zag’ stem and symmetrical patterns of leaves alongside the stem. Both glossy green and variegated varieties of this lovely foliage plant are available. Variegated leaves usually have a touch of pink in winter. Pedilanthus Tithymaloides can be grown in containers as well as in rock gardens or as border plant in gardens. Flowers of pink and reddish-pink color appear on stems.

How to Grow Pedilanthus Tithymaloides

Pedilanthus Tithymaloides is not fussy about food and light. It is quite hardy plant that would withstand some neglect, however, for healthy foliage plants, provide Pedilanthus Tithymaloides with a warm and bright spot to grow. Water only when the soil is dry.