Two Tough Cookies

Crown of thorns is a quite tough plant in cultivation, taking extreme conditions and still looking good. Several species and cultivars in the E. milii complex were introduced into cultivation in the 1970s that were used in breeding to produce a wide range of plant forms and flower colors.

This particular Crown of Thorns has been with me for eleven years!

Given to me in a beautiful arrangement by one of my branches, it kept me company when I lived in that wretched motel room for 93 days!!  Needless to say, we both survived the dull, boring, long stay in the motel, the relocation, our home in Virginia and now resides happily in our dining room.

We are both survivors!
Two tough cookies who survived rough conditions and still look good...LOL!!!
(to read about My Home-The Room click here)

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MadSnapper said…
i did not know the name of this plant.. they are used in landscaping a lot here, i see them all the time. now i know what they are.... they grow and bloom year round. yours is a really tough one to last that long through the life it has lived. i would love to live in a motel room year round
Anonymous said…
Living in a motel or hotel room...someone else makes the bed, cleans the room, cooks the meals....sounds like heaven to me lol. It's a pretty little thing isn't it?
Your plant has survived so many years.
Leaving a home to start a new one, is more stressful than one thinks or imagines. Its only when the process starts , that all kinds of feelings come to mind.
I could not have lived in a motel. you both really were strong. At least you knew it was not for ever.
Now you are well settled JP.
Life has its rewards.
Happy sunday
Val xx
Fuuny how the previous two comments would have really enjoyed the motel room life! As for the 2 survivors, you could have included yourself next to the plant.
diane said…
I had one of these about 35 years ago ... when we moved from RI to CT I'm not sure what happened to it. Yours looks lovely!
diane @ thoughts and shots
Linda said…
Most folks our age have a "motel stay" somewhere in their history. And most have something to do with a move or career change. Mine was a trans-Atlantic move and a retirement (of sorts) in a two room barn apartment out in the middle of nowhere. Somehow we all survive, like your beautiful plant! Hugs, Linda@Wetcreek Blog
TexWisGirl said…
my mother had one of those. :)
Anonymous said…
Wow, I didn't know they got such pretty flowers. Nice!
Ginny Hartzler said…
How interesting! I read your link and I must say I never even knew it is a houseplant!! Yours is beautiful, it is a type of cactus, right? The article said it could be made into a crown but most likely the one they used on Jesus was from another type of plant. How fitting for a Sunday post!
Great shadows on that crown of thorns plant!

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Ann said…
that's the kind of plant I need. I've killed every plant I've ever had. Some have taken my abuse longer than others but eventually they all die in the end
It's really beautiful, and a tribute to you and your care, and both of your perseverance!
Rambling Woods said…
It is nice to have an old plant friend....from another survivor
Felicia said…
I don't think I've ever heard of this plant but it is pretty.
Bee Lady said…
Well I'm living in one room right now. Bed and dresser at one end, two recliners and a tv in the middle, and a kitchen at the other end. I'm ready to move upstairs, and have a lot of counter space in my kitchen. And get up when I want to and not worry about waking My Shug up. And....I could go on, but you KNOW what I'm talking about!
I have a special plant that I love too! Yours is prettier but I love mine just as much!
Cindy Bee
Mimsie said…
My father used to grow Crown of Thorns and so did I years ago. I didn't know it would grow as an indoor plant as ours were always outside in pots. They are quite spectacular and very hardy too. Yours is particularly lovely and I'm glad it has kept you company for such a long time.

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