Specie: E. milii
Crown-of-thorns or Christ Plant
Name in Latin: Euphorbiaceae
Name in English: Spurge family
Growth Habit: climbing shrub growing to 1.8m tall, with densely spiny stems, the straight, slender spines up to 3 cm long, which help it scramble over other plants.
Flower: flowers are small, subtended by a pair of conspicuous petal-like bracts, variably red, pink or white, up to 12 mm broad
Blooming Period: throughout the year, heaviest in the fall.
Leaf: leaves are found mainly on new growth, and are obovate, up to 3.5 cm long and 1.5 cm broad.
Care and Handling
Soil: drought-tolerant, preferring slightly dry, sandy soil.
Amount of water: Allow the top 1 in (2.5 cm) of soil to dry out between waterings. Water less in winter when the plant rests. Also, avoid getting water on the leaves and stems because they can rot if they get too wet.
Nutrition: feed every 2 weeks spring through fall with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted by half. In winter, feed monthly.
Special handling: Crown of Thorns flower dependably when they get enough light.
It is suspected that the species was introduced to the Middle East in ancient times, and legend associates it with the crown of thorns worn by Jesus