Crown of Thorns

Real Estate Agent with Kwee Huset Realty


Homeowners in Southwest Florida, are you looking for a low maintenance colorful flowering shrub for your garden or yard? You may consider the beautiful crown of thorns (scientific name Euphorbia milii). Native to Madagascar, they bloom almost year round.




The flowers are in clusters and have bright red bracts on the tender stems with spikes. They also have other varieties of colors - yellow or pink (as well as dwarf or larger plants which will grow to about 3 feet tall when mature.)  They have been used as borders, in rock gardens or planter boxes, and as specimens. They like sun or partial shade.




It is easy to grow crown of thorns and propagation is by cuttings. They prefer dry conditions, and are salt tolerant.   


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Kwee Huset

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Comments (14)

Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Kwee: The Crown of Thorns sounds very easy to keep up, and add beautiful color to any curb appeal. Thank you for suggesting them. I'll look for them next time I go to the gardening center.

Mar 01, 2013 10:10 AM
Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
Venice Florida Homes For Sale

Hi Hella, thanks for stopping by and your comment. Crown of thorns  don't need much care and is colorful.

Mar 01, 2013 10:18 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Hi, Kwee...your pictures are great. I have on of these in a pot in my kitchen. I didn't know they bloomed. I'll be looking forward to that.

Mar 01, 2013 10:40 AM
Kwee Huset
Kwee Huset Realty - Venice, FL
Venice Florida Homes For Sale

Hi Debbie, they flower freely most of the year, however heaviest in the winter.

Mar 01, 2013 10:51 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Those are really pretty little blossoms, Kwee!  And they look like they have found the perfect spot beneath that window!

Mar 01, 2013 11:37 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Kwee, these blooms are just beautiful.  You are lucky to have so many beautiful plants in Flordia that can flower year round.

Mar 01, 2013 02:04 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Those are beautiful blooms, Kwee.  I think I know a spot in my yard that could use a few of these, thanks.

Mar 01, 2013 07:45 PM
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience
Knee, thanks for the colorful photos of the Crown of Thorns they are indeed beautiful to look at.
Mar 01, 2013 07:48 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Kwee,

The Crown of Thorns is lovely! I think I like them even better than the Indian Hawthorne that blooms here in Texas.

I really, really like them. Thanks for introducing me to something new!

Mar 01, 2013 08:20 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kwee, this bush is beautiful and provides lots of color to a flower box or border!     Do they have thorns?

Mar 01, 2013 10:33 PM
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 Plants that grow locally are so important your buyers I am sure appreciate what would look good in their yards besides being easy to take care of ! Grat post! I hope you have a great weekend!

Mar 02, 2013 06:11 AM
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Kwee I love the crown of thorns, it does bloom all the time I have that said color as a house plant.

Mar 02, 2013 02:52 PM
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

INteresting name for a plant. I didn't see any thorns in the pictures. A salt tolerant plant is a nice feature for your area.

Mar 02, 2013 10:09 PM
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Kwee,

Very nice plant and so unusual so I too will look for them the next time I go to the home improvement store. Thanks for sharing some beauty.

Mar 12, 2013 03:57 PM