I am sorry that I am late to post. I had problems with my modem and had to get another one. I hate that when that happens. I get crazy without the internet.
As most of us know we are in the dead of winter and us gardeners are unable to get out an play. Well, we could but it cold out there and our gardens are snug as a bug under the covering of white waiting for the signal that the earth is warming up again. Indoors, in the Sandbox there is a few houseplants that keep some colour and bloom going if I remember to water them.
Euphorbia millii or Crown-of-thorns is a tough plant that does quite well in my house. It really doesn’t care if you forget to water it and maybe it prefers it that way. It just blooms away anyway. I have it sitting on the floor in a room that faces north so wouldn’t think that would be enough light but it doesn’t complain. In the summer I put it outside on the deck. One thing you will notice about this plant is the thorns or you prefer spines. These are nasty but part of its allure. Leafs are bright green. The plant is listed as poisonous if eaten and the sap it secretes in the form of latex is a skin irritant. That being said maybe not a plant if your cat or doggie eats plants. I would think the thorns would be a deterrent but who knows.
Here is a macro of the thorns or spines. Looks vicious doesn’t it?
But, isn’t this a sweet little flower? How could you resist! In summary, gives this plant 3 or 4 hours of light and average house temperatures. Yes, it thrives in dry air. Allow the soil to dry out between watering. Use a fast draining medium for cactus if you are potting up. Enjoy this really easy houseplant in your home. I saw these plants growing in Florida in the soil so you know they like it warm.
I am joining Tootsie for Fertilizer Friday. Come on over and see what is happening out in brrrrr. Alberta. Valerie