Senecio rowleyanus f. variegatus, Variegated String of Pearls



Native to South Africa the Variegated String of Pearls is a trailing succulent decorated with little green and white “pearls”. This plant doesn’t grow tall, instead the trailing stems can grow to be 12″ (30cm) long. To encourage more growth, it is best to prune and replant the longest strands regularly. Too much sun causes stress on the plant which will result in losing the vibrant colors and the leaves becoming dry and brittle, whereas too little light will cause the stems to become pale and leggy. The Variegated String of Pearls is finicky about the soil that it is living in; it prefers a light and airy soil that is well draining but is also rich in nutrients. Watering this plant should occur sparingly; overwatering can cause root rot and discoloration in the leaves and underwatering can cause the leaves to fall off and the plant to become dry and brittle. The best way to determine if the plant needs water is to notice the changes in the leaves and water accordingly. The hardiness zone of this succulent is 9-12.