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Euphorbia milii

Crown of thorns

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Features

  • BloomsApril to July
  • Height1m to 1.3m
  • Spread0.25m to 0.5m
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourYellow-red
  • Leaf ColourBright green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Euphorbia milii (Crown of thorns). This is a slow-growing thorny semi-succulent shrub, It will produce bright green obovate leaves. It will grow to a height of 1m and a spread of about 75cm. It will flower throughout the year but mainly in the spring, it bears tiny yellowish flowers enveloped by bright red bracts.

Characteristics

Annual, Perennial or Biennial, Evergreen, Shrub or Succulent

Other common names

Christ's thorn, Christ plant

Interest and use

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

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Sandy
  • Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are fully hardy to frost tender, min 5-15C, and will grow well in sun or partial shade with moist but well drained soil.

Propagation

You can propagate by basal cuttings in the spring or summer, by division in spring or early autumn or by seeds in the autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Milky sap may irritate skin. Grey mould and mealy bugs may be problematic.

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