This plant is easily recognized by its rubbery, slightly zig-zagging stems, green and white laves and reddish flowers in summertime. It parent is a tender, succulent perennial shrub that has an irritating milky sap, and is native to tropical America. This plant has medium-green, slightly glossy leaves that are perfect ovals edged in white. When flowering or chilly winter temperatures occur, the leaves may blush pink. An extended drought or winter cold spell may cause the leaves to completely drop off.