The Divine Crown of Thorns

Get ready to be introduced to a plant that's as intriguing as its name suggests. The Euphorbia milii, also known as the Christ plant, Christ thorn, and Crown of thorns, is a plant that's as beautiful as it is dangerous.

Euphorbia milii

Full Sun

Can grow in full sun conditions.

Low Water Needs

Thrives in dry conditions. Ideal for low-maintenance gardens or forgetful waterers.

Rocky Soil Specialist

Can grow in rocky soils but may require extra effort to prepare the soil and ensure proper growth.

Moderately Adaptable Soil pH

Can thrive in multiple pH ranges.

Moderate Safety Concerns

Toxic if ingested, handle with caution. Can cause skin irritation and toxic if ingested.

Safe for All Animals

No known safety risks to pets or livestock.


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About Euphorbia milii

The Euphorbia milii is a bushy plant that stands tall at 3-6 feet and spreads out to a width of 1.5-3 feet. Its long-lived leaves are a beautiful mix of olive, speckled, and pearl colors. But the real showstopper is its flowers. Blooming in the late season, vernal season, summertime, and chilly period, these durable and ornamental flowers come in shades of golden, lime, and crimson.

Despite its dangerous reputation, the Euphorbia milii is considered a symbol of Christ's passion, hence its common names.

Also known as

Christ plant
Christ thorn
Crown of thorns

Our design recommendations

The Euphorbia milii is a standout plant that can be used as a divider or a perimeter in your garden. Its vibrant colors and unique shape make it a great focal point in any landscape. This plant is versatile and can be placed in a vessel or used as an interior plant. It's a great way to bring a touch of nature indoors.