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Crown Of Thorns

Euphorbia milii

Also known as

Christ Plant, Christ Thorn, Crown of thorns, Christ's thorn

Euphorbia Milii flowers by Ezra Katz (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Crown Of Thorns Overview

The Crown of thorns plant is a succulent climbing shrub. It is one of the rare succulents capable of blooming almost year-round. Crown of Thorn's flower dependably when they get enough light. They're easy to grow and drought-tolerant, preferring slightly dry, sandy soil. This succulent stores water in its thick stems just like a cactus, so it can be watered less frequently than other house plants. If its leaves turn yellow and fall off, cut back on the watering. This is a beautiful houseplant that produces bright pink flowers. It likes a dry environment at room temperature. In Thailand there is a legend that the number of flowers that bloom on a crown of thorns predicts the future of the plant-keeper.

Common problems with Crown Of Thorns

Susceptible to grey mould, keep well ventilated to prevent mould.

How to harvest Crown Of Thorns

Generally not harvested

How to propagate Crown Of Thorns


Take 7cm stem cuttings in spring or summer. Dip cut ends in warm water for a few minutes to stop the flow of sap then allow to dry for 24 hours before inserting into barely moist potting mix.



Seeds in the autumn.

Special features of Crown Of Thorns

Pot plant

Plant in a sandy potting mix in a pot large enough to support the plant as it get taller.

Indoor plant

Place in area with high light intensity.

Hedge plant

Effective low hedge to keep to keep intruders out!

Other uses of Crown Of Thorns

Grown for its flowers which are great in borders. Suitable for coastal conditions.


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