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Euphorbia milii

 
Euphorbia milii
crown of thorns
Euphorbia milii
The actual flowers are the odd yellow-petaled centers of the bract structures

Common name crown of thorns
Family euphorbiaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z9-11)
Flowers red
Size to 3'
Light sun

Semi-succulent shrub from Madagascar with impressive spines and pretty pink-red flowers (bracts, really, but they look like flowers). While reports of hardiness vary, it is labeled as a houseplant even here in the Houston area, so I expect it to perish in winter – but still decided to plant it outside, to enjoy for the season.

crown of thorns
Even on a young plant, the thorns are substantial

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: houston back yard

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