Cereoid-ur12- 2009-11-02 21:18:09
Sorry Frogger but the common name “Crown of Thorns” is not very specific. It
is commonly used for a wide variety of spinescent Madagascar Euphorbia
species, their hybrids and cultivars.
Euphorbia milii var. splendens has red “flowers” but the hybrids and
cultivars come in a wide range of colors. The Thai Poysean hybrids have
large showy flower clusters that resemble those of Hydrangeas
Frogleg 2009-11-02 21:22:16
I’m sure you’re correct. I *did* apologize for the ‘common’ name. I
have several of the whatevers/hybrids that, when not totally
neglected, produce cute little flowers(!) in several colors (1 color
per plant/hybrid/cultivar). I note that it (Euphorbia milii var.
splendens) is a groundcover, forsooth, in warm climates. And with
bright red flowers. However, Mr. Monkey’s plant looked pretty much
like a ‘Crown of Thorns’ houseplant in the dark. Not exactly in the
class of “creeping Charlie” or “pigweed.” 🙂
Tina gibson 2009-11-02 21:23:29
Cereoid – do you have a good website reference for determining
variety/hybrid of ‘crown of thorns’ I inherited one a while ago and am not
sure of the variety. Although it does have the everbooming reddish
lowers – the stems on it are quite small compared to others I have seen.
Cereoid-ur12- 2009-11-02 21:25:13
In no way could any of the “Crown of Thorns” Euphorbias be considered
anything remotely resembling a ground cover. All are spiny shrubs with
upright branches. None grow prostrate on the ground.
Cereoid-ur12- 2009-11-02 21:25:41
I could refer you to the Crown of Thorns Yahoo group.
You will find there links to other websites and nurseries that list the
You could even post a picture in the photo album to be identified.
Hermine stover 2009-11-02 21:27:26
I would not say that. In california where this is used as an outdoor
planting, the plants may be either prostrate, as they flop over with
some size, and form a tangle which certainly covers the ground, in
that the ground IS COVERED, tho not in the sense that a grass covers
it; also there are some very tiny bushy forms which if planted close
together, would certainly be groundcovers.