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String of Spades

Ceropegia linearis ssp. woodii 'String of Spades'

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Also known as

String of Hearts, Ceropegia woodii 'Heartless', Ceropegia linearis woodii 'Heartless', Ceropegia Mini Star, String of Spades, Rosary Vine, String of Hearts Durban

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Partial Shade
Moderate care
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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String of Spades Overview

String of Spades is considered a Ceropegia woodii cultivar, its likely a hybrid but the taxonomy is currently still to be investigated. This attractive plant produces distinctive green, patterned, spade-shaped leaves and may have some purple flushing on the undersides. Ceropegia woodii 'String of Spades' is a tuberous, evergreen perennial that produces long, trailing shoots with spade-shaped, succulent leaves. Flowers are lantern-shaped and pink-purple in colour, they measure approximately 2cm in length. Its distinctive leaves and attractive trailing habit make it a great houseplant, it's less commonly found compared to the classic String of Hearts. This plant looks amazing in a hanging basket; allow the leaves to cascade over the edges for a spectacular visual!

Common problems with String of Spades

String of Spades Companion Plants

Plant with other succulent species that have a similar climatic requirement.

How to propagate String of Spades


Take leaf cuttings or stem segments.


Sow seed at 19-24C (66-75F) in early spring.

Special features of String of Spades

Attractive leaves

Attractive foliage plant

Drought resistant

Succulent leaves serve as water storage organs.

Pot plant

Good container plants, place in semi-shaded position and ensure good drainage for best results. Often grown inside as a houseplant, but requires good levels of sunlight.