Chain saw plant

DAY 152 (4 SEPTEMBER) – Christ’s thorn (Euphorbia milii) (Vejer, Spain)

I saw this typical Andaluz balcony on the way back from the fruit shop. At first glance, these jolly pots looked to have geraniums in them (as most do). But as I drew close I made a horrible discovery. Spikes.

These euphorbia are native to Madagascar. The sap, if ingested, apparently causes severe stomach pain and irritation of the throat and mouth (though it’s hard to imagine who would get that close to try it…)

If plant choice is a reflection of character, I hope I never meet the balcony’s owner.

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