Senecio herreanus - String of Tears



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Senecio (now Curio) herreanus, aka String of Beads, String of Tears, String of Watermelons, and String of Raindrops (Jacobsen & Heath): A stunning trailing species from Namibia closely related to String of Bananas (Curio radicans). Its narrow, green to purple stems are somewhat stiff and can grow over 1.0' long whether trailing from a pot or creeping along the ground as they do in the wild. The subglobose leaves are truly shaped like raindrops. They are lined with fine purple stripes and translucent "leaf windows" that help the plant absorb more sunlight. Purple tones on the leaves and stems will deepen when grown in bright sunlight.

Soft succulents will not survive a hard frost, but if there is a risk of freezing temperatures they can be brought indoors to grow on a sunny window sill or under a grow light. They need bright sunlight, great drainage, and infrequent water to prevent rot. Pick containers with drainage holes and use well-draining cactus and succulent soil with mineral grit such as coarse sand, pumice, or perlite. Water deeply enough for water to run out the drainage hole, then wait for the soil to fully dry before watering again.

C. herreanus produces white, pompom-like blooms that smell of cinnamon. To grow a full, trailing cascade, ensure all stems get sunlight and prune regularly, replanting the stem cuttings back in the pot.Look to our Succulent Cuttings Guide for tips on succulent propagation.

Full Senecio Guide

Product Size

2.0" Pot

Color - Primary

Green / Lime

Color - Secondary


Color - Secondary

Purple / Black

Bloom Color

White Bloom

Cold Hardiness

Zone 10 (30F)

Recommended Light Conditions

Filtered / Partial Sun

Recommended Light Conditions

Bright Indoor Light

Maximum Height

Over 12"

Growth Habit / Shape

Hanging / Trailing

Special Characteristic

Showy Blooms

Special Characteristic

Easy to Propagate

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