Yep. It definitely needs light. It's a pretty easy-care plant. Let dry
out between watering, give it lots of light, and it has very pretty
little blooms ranging through cream, pink, and orange shades. Is vrey
easy to propagate from tip cuttings.
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
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." :-)
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.
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.
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.
in terms of what the plant does garden-wise, certain Crow-Of-Thorns,
under rather ideal conditions, will cover the ground very thickly.
When i first moved to California, I just happened to live a short
distance from Abbey Gardens, and they did a nice planting of
Crown-of-Thorns. at first they were neat and bushy, but in short order
they grew together to form quite a thicket. they literally covered the
ground. Now, if you are going to be stuffy and insist that their is an
official list of "ground covers"----and many people who do not think
out of the box, well, they do think this way, they can say it is not
so. NEVERTHELESS, anyone who has seen rampant growth of prostrate and
entangled Crown Of Thorns, would have to say, if asked, is the ground
covered with this plant? well, they would have to say YES.
unlike yoursef, i actually can trip the light fantastic, i assume that
is the trip to which you refer, Manteca.
Pure gibberish it is you speak, Herminerrhoid. You have neglected to take
your meds again.
Groundcovers cover the ground and are typically something that can be walked
An impenetrable hedge thicket of spiny shrubs cannot in any way be
considered anything even remotely resembling a groundcover. Except maybe it
would be by your bizarre Addams family standards.
Its about time for you to go back into your box.
Its still too early in the week for your perverse trick or treat pranks.
Back it up, Cereoid. If you search on "crown of thorns" groundcover
(or "ground cover") you will find many references with the 2
associated terms. "Groundcover" pretty much means something relatively
low-growing that covers the ground -- i.e., spreads and presents a
reasonable facade of respectably ordered landscape. Grass, ivy,
portulaca, and (oh, the poetry) chamomile. You don't have to enjoy
walking on it with bare feet for have it qualify as groundcover. I
believe when you identified it with the correct name, the first
reference I turned up said "ground cover, zones 10-11". Certainly a
surprise to me, but evidently an not uncommon use.
Well, not all groundcover is meant to be walked on. the succulent ice
plants which line some of California's freeways come immediately to
mind. If "lawns" are your idea of groundcover, there are very few
plants which fit. the "naturalizing" selections of bulbs, sold for a
high price by White Flower Farms, this is also a kind of groundcover,
which one would never mistake for something to be walked upon.
groundcover means different things in different places, but it does
have a larger meaning, and that was my reference when i so classified
Crown of Thorns.
Yes, a groundcover can be a spreading plant that covers the ground that may
be too fleshy to walk on with bare feet but still they are plants that
spread horizontally and are not tall shrubs.
Calling a thicket of spiny shrubs is really distorting the meaning of
groundcover to the absurd no matter how anyone tries to justify it. A more
appropriate term for their use would be hedge or living fence. Most popular
horticultural references are flawed anyway and typically screw up out of
ignorance when it comes to succulent and xerophytic plants and their uses.
None of the spinescent "Crown of Thorns" are horizontal growers. I should
know, I have compiled a complete listing of all the species in the group
that is Euphorbia subgenus Lacanthis.
The plant was in a lot better shape before I went on holiday. I don't think
it was watered while I was away. When I came back about 75% of the leaves
had fallen off. They are starting to grow back now.
The plant is a cutting from my brothers plant. He originally bought it from
the biology department at a University. At the end of each term they sell
all their plants for a $1 each.
My brother just sold his condo, one of the subject tos on the contract was
that his crown of thorns be included in the deal. I thought that was funny.
Anyway, thanks for all the help everybody,
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