I just bought this plant but I am now realizing that I have no idea what it is, so looking up care tips is much more difficult than anticipated. Would you be able to help me identify it?

  • No, this is not a cactus. Cactus don't have veined leaves. Interesting looking plant, though.
    – Tim Nevins
    Oct 15, 2018 at 13:51
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    Ah, a Euphorbia! Keep in mind that the sap is an irritant/toxin.
    – Tim Nevins
    Oct 15, 2018 at 17:06
  • @TimNevins I discovered it was an irritant yesterday the unfortunate way, I appreciate the warning
    – qfwfq
    Oct 15, 2018 at 19:22
  • Be careful with that stuff. Especially around your eyes! At least the plant looks nice though!
    – Tim Nevins
    Oct 15, 2018 at 21:11

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This is a succulent from the Euphorbia genus (which are not cacti, like Tim Nevins already mentioned).

I think this could be Euphorbia milii f. lutea or Yellow Crown of Thorns.

It wants lots of sun and not too much water. Originates from Madagascar.


Maybe some type of Pereskia, although better pictures of the spines & flower would help. Species Pereskia grandifolia commonly called "Rose Cactus". I know nothing about the care of these plants, but a google search turned up This.


Looks like a plant I know by the name "corona de Cristo" or "Christ's crown". I agree with user @b.nota, they seem to have correctly identified it. I cross-searched it with the spanish name and the scientific name and the same results popped up.

  • AKA crown of thorns Jan 13, 2019 at 6:02

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