PlantsCurio→String of Pearls (Curio rowleyanus)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Curio rowleyanus Accepted
Kleinia rowleyana Synonym
Senecio rowleyanus Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Spread: Trails 2 to 3 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Small, spherical, succulent, lime-green in color.
Fruit: Dehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Other: All parts of the plant are poisonous.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable for hanging baskets
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Closeup of Curio rowleyanus in Bloom

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Posted by Baja_Costero (Baja California - Zone 11b) on Nov 2, 2020 7:34 PM

This trailing succulent from southwestern Africa has narrow, weak stems and nearly spherical leaves, resembling a string of pearls or a rosary. The stems hang over the side of containers, making this an ideal hanging or shelf plant (and a somewhat disheveled container plant otherwise, without a regular haircut). Each leaf has a small window like a cat's eye. The flowers are compound and whitish. This species was formerly known as Senecio rowleyanus and is sometimes confused with Curio herreanus, which does not make spherical leaves. It may somewhat resemble Curio radicans from a distance.

An ideal beginner's succulent, given strong light but not necessarily lots of direct sun. This species (described in 1999) is relatively common in cultivation and easy to start from cuttings laid on top of the soil.

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Posted by a2b1c3 (seattle wa) on Apr 30, 2013 1:01 PM

Survived in ground over one winter in Seattle under overhang in raised bed. Does not look good however

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Plant Events from our members
Belovedhoneygirl On February 18, 2020 Obtained plant
Sonja @ partly sunny projects $24
lemonFresh On October 4, 2018 Obtained plant
ethompson92 On April 2, 2020 Obtained plant
Macrocentra On June 4, 2020 Cuttings stuck
Cuttings transferred to 1.5" pot for rooting.
Macrocentra On May 31, 2020 Cuttings took
Cutting will be left to callous before being further prepared.
antsinmypants On April 22, 2021 Obtained plant
Purchased at Menards
dnrevel On May 21, 2021 Transplanted
Started hardening off to be outside.
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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"string of" plants by purpleinopp Nov 11, 2021 4:59 PM 8
2 dolphins? by purpleinopp Jul 18, 2021 11:42 AM 6
Very small planters by 5601Lisa Aug 17, 2019 9:22 AM 10
Low light succulents? by CrazedHoosier Aug 27, 2019 8:57 AM 170
String-of-Pearls by Kopacabana Mar 25, 2019 6:26 PM 2
String of pearls help by Cpbrick Feb 8, 2019 1:19 PM 11
Cactus and succulents chat by Baja_Costero Nov 29, 2021 9:58 AM 11,964

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