The Euphorbia titymaloides ‘Nana’ ( sub species) is a mouthful for a name of a plant. I understand why plants need common names with the scientific names being so difficult to pronounce. But I do have a small problem.
I wonder why anyone would call such a beautiful plant the devil’s backbone. It is also called the Jacob’s ladder through which the Bible says that the angels of God ascended and descended from Heaven to Earth. These names are so opposed (like an oxymoron) to each other by what they mean.
These plants are so easy to grow that they are often planted on the roadsides. They don’t require any care, and will grow on any kind of soil which doesn’t allow for water to stagnate. All they ask for is well draining soil and they will grow happily. Roadsides which often taper down make great spaces for these plants to be grown.
Their tiny red/pink flowers attract hummingbirds, sun birds and birds that love nectar. The variegated type of this plant looks even more beautiful. They have pale pink flowers which are barely noticeable.
Do you think this looks like the devil’s backbone?
Is it justified to give a beautiful plant such a name?