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Q.Crown of thorns

Zone 32174 | Anne32176 added on January 20, 2018 | Answered

A girl in a plant group posted a picture of a crown of thorns growing in a hanging basket indoors and the branches were hanging down instead of growing straight up and she said it was a special type of crown of thorns but had no name for it so I was wondering is there a specific type that will grow this way?

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Answered on January 21, 2018

There are actually two separate plants in that container! They are both a type of euphorbia, but they are definitely different species of euphorbia. The common name for the stringy one is the pencil cactus. Both contain a sap that is pretty toxic so wear gloves when pruning them.

As for the standard crown of thorns... if you grow them in a hanging basket, they will tend to hang like that.

This article will give you some interesting information on the different types of euphorbia: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/cacti-succulents/euphorbia/



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