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Crown of Christ: an exotic flower. Origin, characteristics and care

Hello, lovers of flowers and plants. I recently discovered this beautiful plant, I researched and decided to write about it to share what I learned from it. It is about the Crown of Christ.

Crown of Christ


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The plant crown of Christ is native to the island of Madagascar, but nowadays we can find it in many countries with tropical and subtropical zones. Its scientific name is Euphorbia Milii, originated from Euphorbus, which was the name of the doctor of Greek origin of King Juba II of Mauritania who used plants of this genus for medicinal use. And the epithet milii was introduced in honor of Commander Pierre Bernard Baron Millius, who was governor of Reunion Island.

Other names by which it is popularly known are crown of spikes or thorns. It is said that he received his name because it was the plant that was used to make the crown that Jesus Christ was given before being crucified according to the bible and the connoisseurs of the old testament.


It is a succulent plant very easy to grow. In addition their stems have large spines, are woody and climbers. It can reach a height of up to 2 meters in the appropriate conditions. Its leaves are green, and are sensitive to low temperatures. Its flowers are small. We can find them red, yellow, white, pink, even mixed. It also has a sap, which is irritating, you should avoid having contact with the eyes. However, it is this that protects it from pests and diseases.

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The flowering of the Crown of Christ can be throughout the year, however it depends on the climatic characteristics to which it is exposed. In some areas they only bloom in spring and summer. For a better flowering it must be exposed to full sun, although it can also be placed in semi-shade, where it will grow more.

The Crown of Christ needs a fertile soil, well drained, that does not retain much moisture, similar to that of the cactus. It can be planted in pots or directly in the garden.

Reproduction and care

The propagation of the Euphorbia Milii can be by cuttings, in spring or summer. When you take the cutting, you have to wait for the sap to dry and then plant it. It should be watered approximately every two days. In spring you must pay for it, preferably fertilizers for cactus.

As you can see, it is very easy to grow and is a perfect adornment for our garden, terrace or home interior, always taking into account the care for its development. You dare?

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