Euphorbia milii

and E. X lomi hybrids

Family: Euphorbiaceae


Many people will recognise the common red flowered form of this plant, but selection and breeding work carried out in various parts of the world have produced a range of flower colours and improved growth forms. Some are suitable as drought-tolerant bedding, others as feature plants.

Hybrids are designated Euphorbia X lomi (E. lophogona is typically in the parentage).

Strains developed in Thailand known as Poysean hybrids (from a common name in Chinese for E. milii) are becoming very popular internationally and some are now available in local nurseries.

More information in future updates of this page. Meanwhile, check out the links below.



Where to buy Euphorbia milii and Poysean hybrids in Qld


As these plants become better known, you may find some in your local garden centre. Another place to look are Succulent Nurseries.

This section is intended for specialist nurseries or those selling a particularly wide selection of E. millii hybrids. If you operate such a nursery (including online and mail order), you can find out more about advertising on this page here: Advertising information.

More Online Information

The following links are for general information - some cultivars may be unavailable in Australia
Commercialisation of New Euphorbia Hybrids Horticulture Technical Annual Report 2001/2002.Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry, Fisheries and Mines
Crown of Thorns Euphorbia milii. Online Manual of Subtropical Landscaping Plants, Palm Beach Community College, Florida
Crown - of - Thorns, Euphorbia milii. University of Florida (PDF)
Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii) University of Florida (PDF)
Euphorbia milii National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens, U.K.
Euphorbia millii Trees of Miami, Florida, USA
Euphorbia Millii University of Florida
URSULA'S C&S corner Includes some notes and good photos of Poysean Euphorbias
Crown of Thorns Euphorbia milli. Flowers of India
Yellow Crown of Thorns Euphorbia milii splendens. Flowers of India
Let's Go Euphorbia Mania! (Euphorbia milii) Agriculture Business Week, Phillipines
Notes on poisoning: Euphorbia milii Canadian Poisonous Plants Information System
Crown-of-Thorns (Euphorbia milii) Veterinary Medicine Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Possible misspelling: Euphorbia millii

Euphorbia milii Euphorbia milii
Euphorbia milii The common Euphorbia milii


Poysean Euphorbia Poysean Euphorbia
One of the Poysean-type hybrids add a splash of colour to a drought-tolerant planting
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