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Crown of Thorns Plant


The Crown of Thorns Plant (Euphorbia milii) is also known as the Christ plant or Christ thorn is a popular houseplant. It is a member of the family Euphorbiaciae and is native to Madagascar.
The common name of this plant refers to the legend that the crown of thorns was worn by Christ at the time of his crucifixion.


Members of the genus Euphorbia exude a caustic, milky sap or latex from any cut or broken surface. Latex evolved as a deterrent to herbivores. Herbivores are organisms that eat plants. If placed in contact with mucous membranes of the eyes, mouth, or nose latex is very irritating. Euphorbia species make good houseplants but should be handled with caution and kept away from children or pets. Hands should be washed immediately if exposed to any of the milky latex.


The Crown of Thorns Plant is a climbing succulent shrub that can reach six feet tall. It has spiny stems and usually only has leaves on new growth.



The Crown of Thorns Plant produces clusters of small reddish or pinkish orange flowers at different times of the year including late winter.

 
Trees That Please Nursery propagates the Crown of Thorns Plant as one of many succulents.

Contact Trees That Please Nursery for more information and pricing.

Photos & Narrative By:
Stephen Sain
Staff Plant Physiologist

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