Name: String of Pearls
Scientific Name: Senecio rowleyanus
A succulent houseplant with Pearl shaped foliage, closely related to the string of dolphins (Senecio peregrinus) and string of bananas (Senecio radicans), forming many draping tendrils. Like many succulents it is relatively hardy and makes a great low maintenance houseplant. The stems tend to reach a few feet long, but can sometimes reach much longer under the right conditions. Due to the growth habit they do well in hanging baskets or near the edge of raised planters. It’s possible for string of pearls to bloom, producing off white flowers which have a cinnamon or clove like scent.
Origination: South Africa
Recommended Uses: Ornamental
Height: 1ft (30 cm)
Hardiness: zones: USDA 10-12
Flower Color: White
Maturity (if Applicable): n/a
Other Names: String-of-beads
Growing Instructions: Moderate light, low water
String of pearls do best with low to moderate water depending on the conditions, usually waiting to water until the soil is almost completely dry is best. During the hotter months, watering a little more often can help with hasher temperatures and sunlight for outdoor plantings. The roots should not be allowed to sit in water for prolonged periods as this can easily promote root rot. Catcus/succulent soil mixes are best, something with good drainage and allows air to get to the roots. They can tolerate full sun if acclimated but prefer a bit of afternoon shade or diffused light. They do well both on covered patios and indoors. They do very well indoors with bright diffused light, however lighting requirements can easily be reached in darker areas with grow lamps. Like all succulents, avoid freezing temperatures, and for the health of the plant its best kept above 46°F (8 °C).