It is the heritage plant of my family.
The original plant belonged to my great grandmother, and dates back over 100 years now.
The crown of thorns cactus (Euphorbia milii) is an evergreen succulent plant, native to Madagascar.
Everyone in the family took cuttings from that plant. They all grew into a glorious display of green leaves and red flowers.
They would be carefully tied with thread or fishing wire, trained to form large circles. Just beautiful.
And then there was mine. No flowers, no leaves.
A thorny stick in a pretty pot.
When it comes to indoor plants, I have been gifted with the polar opposite of a green thumb.
Gardening outdoors is different. I’ve had many productive garden plots, deck containers, etc.
But as soon as I get something green indoors…certain death.
I’ve had great success with the silk ficus tree, an artificial pink dogwood which stays in perpetual bloom, assorted evergreens of unknown composition.
Yesterday, I was at a huge flea market and came upon a crown of thorns with yellow flowers.
The vendor told me they also come in white. Who knew?
I think it was a sign. I need to try again.