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Senecio rowleyanus “String of Pearls”

This beautiful trailing succulent is easily propagated. It's perfect for hanging baskets, and can be grown indoors if given proper sunlight. Be careful not to over-water.

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Quick Look:
  • Partial shade

  • Requires less water than a typical succulent. Be careful not to over-water!

  • Plant can grow up to 3″ (7.6 cm) tall, and can trail several feet in length

  • Zone 10 (Minimum 30° F | -1° C)

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagate by seed or cuttings

  • Can be toxic to pets and humans

  • Summer Dormant

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Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Senecio rowleyanus “String of Pearls”

Senecio rowleyanus “String of Pearls” is an easy succulent to care for. It grows quickly and without much effort. White flowers with colorful stamens bloom in the spring.


Senecio rowleyanus can be more sensitive to watering than other succulents. Too much, and the “pearls” will burst. It's best to water using the “soak and dry” method, watering only when the soil is completely dry.

Where to Plant

“String of Pearls” does well in light shade. If grown in a container, let it show off its trailing features by planting it high. Can also be used as ground cover if planted outdoors.

Can be grown indoors in areas with bright sunlight.

How to propagate Senecio rowleyanus “String of Pearls”

Propagating “String of Pearls” is easy! Simply take a cutting from the stem using a sharp, sterilized knife or pair of scissors. Allow it to dry out for a day or two, and then place the cutting in well-draining soil. Water when the soil is completely dry.

Pairs well with

Echeveria ‘Doris Taylor'. 

Also works well as a trailing succulent in most arrangements.


Commonly Asked Questions


My daughter has over watered her String of Pearls and needs to know what to do to save it. Thank you!


Ahhh, String of Pearls. So beautiful but oh so tricky!

The damage done to this succulent looks severe, and it may be difficult to save it.  It appears that the roots could be rotting; you may need to do some surgery to save her plant.

Cut away the healthy strands, making sure there aren’t black spots. Then let the cuttings dry out for three to five days before propagating them in new, well-draining soil.

Giving your succulents too much “love” (water) can lead to big health problems for your succulent, but water isn’t the only issue.

Soil and the type of container your succulent is planted in play two big factors in the healthy of your succulents.

When a succulent is planted in poorly-draining soil, water tends to pool around the stem and the roots. Add a non-draining container on top of that, and it’s a recipe for succulent disaster.

Be sure that the soil your succulent is planted in is completely dry before watering again. It can be hard to not water it often, but succulents are used to drought conditions and will be fine for a few days (even a week or more!).


Can you grow a new plant from a from cutting of ‘String of Pearls’?


Propagating Senecio rowleyanus ‘String of Pearls’ from cuttings can be done, but it doesn’t always have a high success rate.

Using sharp scissors (these are my favorite!), cut off a piece of the succulent just above a leaf on the stem. Let your cutting dry out for a day or two, until it callouses over.

Once the end has dried out, place the cutting in well-draining soil. Be sure to water often as these can be quite difficult to root. You will probably find yourself watering more often than your full-sized plants.

It shouldn’t take long for your cutting to put off new roots, and after a couple of months, you should even see new growth!

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