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Senecio rowleyanus (String of Pearls)

String of Pearls, String of Beads


A very popular ornamental plant, Senecio rowleyanus (String of Pearls) is a curious succulent vine with thick fleshy leaves that resemble glass beads. The threadlike stems are lined with tiny pea-shaped leaves which store water and enable the plant survival in dry climates. If the long stems can trail along the ground, they will root at the nodes to form a dense ground cover. Small creamy-white daisy-like flowers, adorned with long red stamens and bright yellow anthers, appear on short stalks in summer. While not showy, the flowers have a sweet and spicy, cinnamon scent. A great addition to hanging baskets or containers where this Senecio will gracefully spill downward.

  • Grows up to 1-3 ft. tall and wide (30-90 cm).
  • Easily grown in sandy, dry, well-drained soils in sun or light shade. Drought and heat tolerant, Senecio can survive long, dry periods.
  • Unlike many succulent plants, Senecio is a winter grower and summer-dormant.
  • Excellent for rock gardens, succulent gardens or Mediterranean gardens.
  • Deer and rabbit resistant, fire resistant
  • Easily propagated by stem cuttings
  • Native to South Africa

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 12
Heat Zones 10 – 12
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents
Plant Family Senecio
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spacing 12" – 24" (30cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Hanging Baskets, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 12
Heat Zones 10 – 12
Plant Type Cactus - Succulents
Plant Family Senecio
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spacing 12" – 24" (30cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Hanging Baskets, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Mediterranean Garden

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