Senecio rowleyanus, commonly known as string-of-pearls or string-of-beads, is a beautiful and also rare plant.
String of pearls is an unusual succulent with nearly spherical leaves from South Africa. Named after British botanist Gordon Rowley. Like other succulents, this plant is relatively low maintenance and only needs bright light, well-drained soil, and infrequent watering.
- Plants need to be watered when the leaves start to look a bit shrivelled. Root rot from overwatering is the most common cause of its demise, so be careful not to over water it. Allow soil to dry out completely between waterings.
- Dry conditions may promote blooming in summer.
- Grow in a very well-draining soil mix, such as cactus mix or add inorganic materials such as small pea gravel, sharp sand, poultry grit or pumice to potting medium (up to 1:1 mixture).
- Use a shallow container since the plants will not produce an extensive root system (and if they are unable to quickly remove moisture from a large soil volume, they will be more susceptible to root rot).
- Providing a rest period during the winter with cool (55-60°F).
- Repot every year or two or fertilise lightly in spring.
- The leaves are slight toxic; ingestion may cause vomiting or diarrhea the plant’s sap may cause skin irritation or rash in sensitive individuals.