String of Pearls, or Senecio rowleyanus, is a succulent vine belonging to the family Asteraceae. The creeping plant grows along the ground, with the stems trailing on the ground. As the stems touch the ground, it starts rooting where they touch and forming a dense mat or groundcover. The plant has green bubbles as leaves growing on skinny stems. In winter months, the plant has tiny white flowers with bright colored stamens. People often say the flowers smell like cinnamon.
We recommend growing this in hanging planters, allowing the tendrils to cascade down from the edge. If growing outdoors, you may use as a groundcover or in a planter, where it grows underneath larger plants.
Once established, you can easily propagate new plants, or make the original plant look fuller by placing cuttings into the soil and allowing them to take root. Like most succulents, these plants require very little care or maintenance. Also known as “string of beads plant” or “rosary plant”. Native to southwest Africa. The plant was named after British botanist Gordon Douglas Rowley.
Growing String of Pearls
Indoors: Growing string of pearls indoors is very common and easy to do. Ensure the plant gets strong natural sunlight, but not touching the window. The soil needs to be well drained, with drainage holes at the bottom of the pot. During darker, cooler months, the plant may need to be moved in order to get more sunlight. And the plant will not need to be watered near as often.
Outdoors: Growing string of pearls outdoors can only be done in growing zones 9 - 11, unless you bring the plant inside before the first frost. If you would like to grow these outdoors, the plant will need filtered light or bright shade. Often in the wild, the plant will avoid direct sunlight by growing in the shade underneath other plants and rocks.
Common Problems Growing String of Pearls
- Not enough light
- Planted too deep inside the pot
- Too much water
- No drainage
- Soil is too heavy
- Too much fertilizer
- Frequent misting
- Plant is in hot, direct sun
- Planted in a pot that’s too big
*This succulent can be toxic when consumed
String Of Pearls Plant Facts
|USDA Hardiness Zones: 9-11|
|Foliage Color(s): Green|
|Exposure: Part Sun to Sun|
|Height: 3 Inches|
|Spread: 12-24 Inches|
|Soil Type: Porous, Rocky, Sandy|
|Watering: Dry, Moderate|
|Drought Tolerant: Yes|
|Other Uses: Rock & Container Gardens|
|Scientific Name: Senecio rowleyanus|
|Common Name: String Of Pearls|
|Other Name(s): String-of-Beads|
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