Can anyone tell me the name of the plant that was Jesus' crown of thorns? I
have heard of the Crown of Thorns plant, but have read it probably wasn't
this plant that was made into "crown" for His head. I am a Christian and
would love to know what kind of plant they put on Him, because I want to buy
Thanks for any help,
The plant popularly called the "Crown of Thorns" is Euphorbia milii var.
splendens from Madagascar was discovered in the 1800's and has absolutely
nothing at all to do with the passion of the Christ. The common name for the
plant is little more than a shrewd marketing ploy. In Asia, the plant is
called Poysean and has a different religious significance there as a "good
The supposed "crown of thorns" mentioned in the bible was made from some
unspecified thorny shrub of which there are several found in the Middle
East. It is often presumed the plant was Ziziphus spina-christi but there is
no real proof of that. The species name was coined in the 1700's. It is not
grown as a house plant.
I have the "Crown of Thorns" plant. It is interesting and has started
conversations about Jesus in my household so my personal experience is
that it is tied to Him. I put my Crown of Thorns on a sunny deck
where it produces an abundance of deep red primitive flowers that
attract hummingbirds. Withholding water produces an entirely
different looking plant. This plant can get out of hand so I trim it
once a year--this trimming is a messy project as with many Euphorbias
they bleed white sap. Cuttings root easily.
Speaking about biblical plants. I have an herb plant called rue that
is quite interesting. It has leaves that are three lobed, I guess
this represents the Trinity. I have this plant primarily due to the
odor it produces--cats hate it and stay out of my garden.
I wonder what Jesus would think of people idolising some plant?
Especially considering that his interaction with it wasn't
exactly a fun time.
What's next? Determine the type of wood used for the cross, the
arrow, and the handle of the whip? And then plant the
appropriate type of tree and worship it?
The Bible states that the crown was made of thorns. I have not seen the
crown of thorns plant but I sure it could Hybrid from an original plant
that could have posibly been the plant that was used to form the crown
of thorns that Jesus was adorned with.
All I think is that whoever made was nuts because that had to hurt
trying to form a crown from a thorny plant.
Chuckie in the Frozen North, Zone 5
The reason I wanted that plant was not because I wanted something that was
used to torment my Savior (as someone suggested earlier.) I just wanted
something here today that I could have, something He came in contact with.
I had a near death experience and have been enthralled by Jesus ever since.
Thank you Chuckie for your reply, I never thought of that plant being a
Yes whatever the plant is or where it comes from does not matter but
what it sybolizes is the suffering of Jesus and his great love for the
people of this planet. Who could ask for more?
I may look into getting one for my garden.
If you are interested in the dicussion of Jesus and the other books of
the holy scripture check out the google group True Thinking Through
This is a new group.
Well, my money would be on some type of Acacia for being used for
"Acacia (Hebrew shittim) Exo 25:5, R.V. probably the Acacia seyal
(the gum-arabic tree); called the "shittah" tree (Isa 41:19). Its
wood is called shittim wood (Exo 26:15, Exo 26:26; Exo 25:10, Exo
25:13, Exo 25:23, Exo 25:28, etc.). This species (A. seyal) is like
the hawthorn, a gnarled and thorny tree. It yields the gum-arabic of
commerce. It is found in abundance in the Sinaitic peninsula."
Like I said previously, there are several Middle Eastern spiny shrubs that
the "crown of thorns" could have been made from.
There really is no point in trying to guess which one it actually was at
this late date.
For someone who is such an obnoxious prick, you sure are clueless about
thorny plants, Chuckles.
Then again, what would a Canucklehead from the Frozen North know about
Middle Eastern desert plants anyway?
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