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Christ's Thorn

Euphorbia milii var. splendens

Euphorbia milii var. splendens IM5655 C by Annelis (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

12b

USDA zone

13°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

1m

1m

Min

50cm

10 years to reach maturity

Flowering

    • spring
    • summer
    • autumn
    • winter

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    Christ's Thorn Overview

    Evergreen, slow growing, semi-succulent shrub species with a semi-prostrate to scrambling growth habit. Produces branches armed with dramatic thorns and small yellow flowers with large, showy red bracts. Bracts are modified leaves that surround and protect flowers, in this species these bracts strongly resemble flower petals.

    Common problems with Christ's Thorn

    How to propagate Christ's Thorn

    Cuttings

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

    Division

    Seed

    Seeds in the autumn.

    Special features of Christ's Thorn

    Attractive flowers

    Other uses of Christ's Thorn

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