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Euphorbia millii - Crown-of-Thorns

Euphorbia millii - Crown-of-Thorns  (Euphorbia millii - Crown-of-Thorns)

The very nice lady who owned the Cassia fistula or Golden Cassia I posted a few weeks ago gave me this plant. She is such a sweet and nice lady. She had several (red and yellow varieties) and insisted I take one of her Crown-of-Thorn plants. Photo taken April 3, 2018.

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...and along with your own fresh's nice to have friends and acquintances who are generous with their own favourites. These are usually available as house plants around Easter time, here in Canada. along with the trumpet lilies. Their spines are realllllly sharp! I remember the Jacaranda seeds that I tried to grow in my city garden... I blew that opportunity by putting them in the soil. should have potted them up first. live and learn. It would have to have been a house plant and given the amount of heat and sun they like, they were doomed here. So, what you you reap. What a nice lady.

12 Apr, 2018


What a pretty flower tut tut chatting up the ladies now are you showing her plant to us in exchange for a beautiful plant ?

12 Apr, 2018



This plants and all its varieties are extremely common here as landscape shrubs. It's so popular and common here because of its extreme drought tolerance. It also flowers all year long. You never see them here without bracts and flowers. The larger bracted varieties (like this one) are becoming even more popular. I have a dwarf variety which has tiny bracts and flowers.

This plant need different soil, it likes loose soil like sand or with lots of perlite.

13 Apr, 2018


I have the even smaller then typical variegated leaf. Its been in the ground only one summer. How long before it becomes something I don't know. Part of the fun.

14 Apr, 2018


I have seen the variegated one. It's very nice...just not in the landscape, though. It usually looks chlorotic. lol!

14 Apr, 2018


When grown in dry San Diego-wink. I saw one posted by a guy in New Orleans..looked great. I just know it takes time for them to adjust from a pot to ground.

3 May, 2018


I didn't know they took time to adjust to being put into the ground. It see so many in the ground here. They always looks good and are always blooming.

4 May, 2018


Sure they do. From peat to clay. None are especially fast growers. Maybe in the deserts or inland soucal. I think the Central Valley winters are too nippy.
Anyways,I have it fronting a black lava rock the reds and greens of the plant have a contrast.

4 May, 2018


Yes, I guess the soil can make a big difference.

I'll have to observe this one. It appears to be growing quite quickly and setting a lot more flower spikes.

I've never owned a large-leaf one before. The dwarf one (which I have), of course, grows slowly.

5 May, 2018

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