Identification: thorny plant with red-ish small flowers?

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  1. AlexandraNS

    AlexandraNS Active Member

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    Can someone please help me with this plant? A friend of mine inherited it from her grandma and she does not know exactly how to take care of it properly. Can any of my fellow gardeners here identify it please? :)
     

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    Eric La Fountaine Contributor UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Re: Identify please this thorny plant with red-ish small flowers?

    Looks like Euphorbia milii or a hybrid or close relative of it.
     
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    Re: Identify please this thorny plant with red-ish small flowers?

    Known as "Crown of Thorns".
     
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    Re: Identify please this thorny plant with red-ish small flowers?

    definitely e. milli aka crown of thorns.
     
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    Oh, I knew I could count on you my fellow gardeners of the cyber space :D Thank you all so very much!!! I will do a research on how to take care of it right away. My friend’s Crown of Thorns (very biblical!!!) will be very happy from now on :)
    Thank you all! :D
     

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    Very nice color! Easy keeper plants! Plenty of light, water well when dry:)
     
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    Will do.
    Thank you :)
     
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    So glad I found this site, I have had this plant for couple years and have not been able to identify it. Love the name Crown of Thorns. It's a very hardy plant, I don't do much but water it and keep it in the sun. I almost lost it last year when we had an early freeze. I brought it indoors and the next spring trimmed the dead stems off, and it took off right away. I've also noticed the stems of the flowers ooze a sticky sort of sap that attracts wasps, would have expected bees to be attracted to it, but I let them alone, and they leave me alone. Thanks UBC Gardeners
     
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    togata57 Contributor 10 Years

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    Be careful of the euphorbia sap---can be irritating.

    Welcome to the Forum!
     
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    Try looking a yellow flowering variety!
     
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    I have the pale yellow one which flowers almost constantly (it's in flower now) It's in a west facing window.
    Yes, the sap can irritate some people, but luckily it's never bothered me which is a good thing!
     
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    Hi there. Well yea that plant can be found all over South Africa. It is called the Crown of thorns. Its sap is dangerous to man. It can also be grown in the hot areas of spain, Usa, australia and much of africa. Temp need: 25 degrees to 35+
     

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