Euphorbias or spurges are found all over the world. They are commonly available in Madagascar, where they have evolved into cacti-like structures. ‘Euphorbia’ is derived from ‘Euphorbos’, the Greek physician of king Iuba II. This decorative plant comes under the plant species Euphorbiaceae. It makes the garden more colorful and vibrant with its extensive range of colors. Certain Euphorbias like the ‘Crown of Thorns’ is a sought-after ornamental plant due to its distinct floral anatomy. It can adapt itself to any climatic conditions including dry conditions. This succulent shrub is part of a diverse genus that consist of both annual and perennial plants.
The main stem and leaves of the spurge are thick, fleshy and almost one meter tall. Even though the flowers are small in size, they have a long lifespan ranging up to a month, after which the color fades away and the bloom withers. Normally euphorbia blooms after monsoon. Large flowered euphorbia species are also available.. In China and Thailand, if eight euphorbia flowers blooms in a single bunch, it is considered a sign of prosperity and good fortune. That is why euphorbia is known as the ‘eight saints’ in China and Thailand.