Euphorbia milii, the crown of thorns, Christ plant, or Christ thorn, called Corona de Cristo in Latin America (coroa-de-cristo in Brazil), is a species of flowering plant in the spurge family Euphorbiaciae, native to Madagascar. The species name commemorates Baron Milius, once Governor of Réunion, who introduced the species to France in 1821. It is imagined that the species was introduced to the Middle East in ancient times, and legend associates it with the crown of thorns worn by Christ.
It is a succulent subshrub or shrub growing to 5 ft 11 in tall, with densely spiny stems. The straight, slender spines, up to 1.2 in long, help it scramble over other plants. The leaves are found mainly on new growth, and are up to 1.4 in long and 0.59 in broad. The flowers are small, subtended by a pair of conspicuous petal-like bracts, variably red, pink or white, up to 0.47 in broad. Wat Phrik in Thailand claims to be the home of the world's tallest Christ thorn plant. Euphorbia milii can be propagated from cuttings.
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Shipping took much too long, and plant arrived disheveled and the plant was completely out of its pot----more like a very dry, banged up cutting. However, I quickly potted it up and now it is simply thriving!!