Senecio rowleyanus - String of Pearls

Maximum Purchase
2 units

String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus) (H. Jacobsen) is an all-time favorite for the way its bead-like leaves can cascade several feet from a container. They originate in South Africa where they grow in the shade of rocky outcroppings. Partial or filtered sun is ideal, as they are prone to sunburn if exposed to direct sun without a gradual, two week transition.

In the wild, Senecio is dormant in summer and grows in winter, though this can shift under indoor growing conditions. It is a member of the Aster family and produces daisy-like flowers that smell like cinnamon. Try growing String of Pearls in a hanging pot for a trailing effect or, in warm climates (zone 10+), plant it in-ground as a matting groundcover. For a truly bountiful trailing effect, re-pot every couple years to give the roots more room to grow.

The unique leaf shape is a useful adaptation that helps S. rowleyanus tolerate extended droughts. Its spherical form maximizes water storing volume while minimizing exposed leaf area. Having less surface area reduces water loss to evapotranspiration but it also reduces the leaf area that can absorb sunlight. To counteract this, each leaf has a translucent sliver or "window" through which extra light enters for photosynthesis.

PLEASE NOTE: Senecio rowleyanus is mildly toxic and can cause vomiting or diarrhea if ingested; keep out of reach of children and pets.

Color - Primary

Green / Lime

Bloom Color

White Bloom

Cold Hardiness

Zone 10 (30F)

Recommended Light Conditions

Filtered / Partial Sun

Recommended Light Conditions

Low Indoor Light

Maximum Height

Over 12"

Growth Habit / Shape

Hanging / Trailing


Summer Dormant Partial

Product Format

2.0" Pot

Special Characteristic

Showy Blooms