Euphorbia milii
Euphorbia milii
Euphorbia milii is probably the most common Euphorbia in cultivation, under its common name of  "Crown of Thorns" it is often seen as a houseplant. It grows longish stems adorned by strong thorns - hence its name - and bright green leaves. The plant is deciduous and will drop its leaves in times of drought. Although the red flowered form is usually seen, there are also yellow and white flowered forms (actually, technically speaking the colour, normally attributed to its flowers, belongs not to petals but to a pair of bracts which form behind the tiny and insignificant flowers).

Although easy to grow indoors in the UK, the plant pictured was photographed in the Palmitos Park on Gran Canaria.

Photograph by : John Ellis

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