Crown of Thorns

Crown of Thorns
Optimal Light: Full sun
Light Range: Full sun to part shade
Soil Moisture: Low
Native: No
Drought Tolerance: High
Perennial: N/A
Growth Rate: Low
Mature Height: 3 – 6 ft.
Mature Spread: 1.5 – 3 ft.
Soil Texture: Any
Soil pH: Slightly acidic,
Slightly alkaline
Salt Tolerance: High
Hardiness Zone: 9-11

Crown of Thorns, Euphorbia milii

Originally from Madagascar this semi-succulent got its name in biblical times. Supposedly this plant was used to make the thorny crown for Jesus at the Crucifixion. Red is the most popular but they come in other dazzling colors like hot pink and yellow. Some varieties are lower growing dwarf types and all have thorns. They bloom profusely all year round and are very drought tolerant. They prefer full sun but will do o.k. in partial shade. When pruning, be careful of the milky sap.

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Jürgen Schreyer
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