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Euphorbia milii 'Fireworks' - Fireworks Crown of Thorns

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Euphorbiaceae (Spurges)
Origin: Madagascar
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Year-round
Synonyms: [Euphorbia 'BK Fireworks']
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Euphorbia milii 'Fireworks' (Fireworks Crown of Thorns) - This slow growing evergreen succulent shrub grows to about 18 inches tall with upright gray spiny stems holding oblong beautifully variegated leaves that are pale green with creamy white margins that are flushed with red on the new growth, as are the new spines. Also at the tips of the branches are the pairs of flowers with bright red bracts. Flowers can be present year-round in mild climates. Plant in full sun to light shade in a relatively well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally to very little. We have little history with this variety but it should prove hardy to around 28 degrees F but likely would be happiest in frost free locations. As with other Euphrbia milii it should also tolerate near-seaside conditions. A very attractive plant for a container specimen or in a rock garden setting or planted with other succulents. The name is a bit of a mystery - Fireworks obviously describes well the multi-colored leaves but we originally received this plant as 'BK Fireworks' and did not know what the BK stands for. One thought is a reference to Bangkok as many of the newest Euphorbia milii hybrids have come out of Thailand but Forrest Kuykendall wrote us to tell us that he was the one that sent this plant to Rancho Tissue Technologies said he originally named it BK Fireworks for personal reasons but since most other growers now list this plant using the shortened named 'Fireworks', we have followed suit to avoid any confusion.  This description is based on our research and observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We will also incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information about this plant, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Euphorbia milii 'Fireworks'.