Senecio rowleyanus is a flowering succulent that belongs to the Asteraceae family. It is native to the dry regions of southwestern Africa. These succulent vines grow in shady areas, protected by rocks and tall plants and roots whenever their stems touch the ground.
It was named after Gordon Douglas Rowley, a British botanist who specialized in succulents and cacti. Senecio rowleyanus plants are also known as String of Pearls. The name perfectly describes his unique pea-shaped leaves and their long trailing stems.
String of Pearls succulents makes a perfect ornamental plant as they are easy to grow, care for, and propagate. They bloom during summer, and their small, white flowers form in clusters, are trumpet-shaped, and have a spicy, cinnamon smell.
To fully enjoy the cascading leaves of your String of Pearls succulents, it’s best to display them in hanging baskets. They can be grown both indoors and outdoors as long as the temperatures are above freezing. They require very little water, sandy soil, and just a few hours of sunlight.
To avoid overwatering, use the ‘soak and dry’ technique and wait for the top few inches of soil to dry in-between waterings.
They are a bit toxic and can cause skin irritation to both humans and pets.