Euphorbia milii isan evergreen shrub, native to Madagascar which has succulent thorny branches,with sparse leathery leaves. The blooms are real showstoppers consisting ofsmall yellow flowers, surrounded by showy, bright red/pink bracts. The Euphorbiamilii has a long flowering season, and the blooms can be enjoyed throughoutthe Winter to following Fall when grown indoors. This shrub is a particularlyslow growing one, taking between 10 and 20 years to reach its full height.Religious legend states that the ‘Crown of Thorns’ worn by Jesus on the cross,was made from Euphorbia milii hence its common names.
The Euphorbia milii will grow at itsbest when in full sun, but it will appreciate some afternoon shade in theSummer in hotter climates. Pot in dry to medium moist sand, chalk or loam soil,and whilst this plant is tolerant of dry soil, regular moisture will encouragethe best blooms and less leaf drop. However, in the cold winter months it isessential that the soil is kept dry, as wet soil in this season can provefatal. With minimal moisture and fertilizer requirements, Euphobia milii isa low-maintenance plant that is remarkably resistance to most pest anddiseases, making it an ideal choice for novice gardeners.