String Of Pearls

Curio rowleyanus

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Senecio rowleyanus is commonly known as String of Pearls based on its creeping stems and interesting spherical pea-like foliage. It has a less compact form compared to its close relative, Senecio herreianus (known commonly as String of Beads). Sprawling over the edges of containers or hanging baskets, this perennial, succulent species resembles a beaded necklace. It is also easy to grow indoors and is very regularly kept as a houseplant around the world. In the wild, when the trailing stems touch the ground, they tend to root and form dense mats. Originating from arid environments, this species is adapted to store water for periods of drought. Scented blooms may appear during the summer, these are trumpet-shaped, white and may have colourful stamens. This succulent likes more water than most and prefers to be in a position of partial shade rather than full direct sunlight.

Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring, Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Take cuttings at any time from a healthy, well established plant.

Propagation

Cuttings

Cut or pinch off around 10 cms, place it on top of well-draining soil mix and lightly cover it. Soon new roots will develop from the axils where the leaves are attached to the stem.

Special features

Indoor plant

An ideal position would be in a West or East facing window, if growing outdoors bring plant indoors from late Autumn for the Winter.

Drought resistant

Succulent leaves will survive dry spells.

Pot plant

Especially in hanging baskets!

Special features

Origin

Southwestern Africa

Natural climate

Dry hot climate

Environment

Light

Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand, Gravel

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Ornamental

Senecio rowleyanus is commonly cultivated as an ornamental plant. It is typically displayed in hanging baskets with the leaves cascading over the edge of the container

Personality

Family

Asteraceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

Mild

Problems

Overwatering this succulent may promote rotting. Be vigilant checking for mealybugs.

Related Problems

Companion plants

Plant with other succulents or plants with similar water requirements.

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