Scientific Name: 
Euphorbia milii

Common Name: 
Crown of Thorns


How is this plant unsafe?

How do you plant safely?


  • Sap is irritating and can be toxic if one gets it on exposed skin such as bare hands or eyes. It also has spines that may not be obvious.
  • Note that because many plants in the Spurge (Euphorbiaceae) family or Euphorbia genus may contain toxic sap, it is generally recommended to always wear gloves when handling any of these plants.
  • Wear protective clothing when working with this plant, i.e. long sleeves, long pants, gloves, sturdy shoes and eye protection.
  • Supervise pets and children playing near this plant.
  • Note how large the plant grows and plant it a safe distance away from sidewalks and paths.