Senecio rowleyanus


String of Pearls, or Senecio rowleyanus, is a must-have trailing succulent plant that can grow up to 1 meter long. Its stems are covered with oval, bead-like leaves, each with a vertical, semi-translucent line running to its tip which assists photosynthesis. Flowers appear on tall, slender stems as small, white fuzzy daisies. String of Pearls plants are relatively fast growing for a succulent so give them room to trail for green impact. Perfect for hanging baskets or cascading from shelves.

String of Pearls Senecio rowleyanus Trailing Succulent House Plant in small raised pot
Plant & 6cm square pot
£ 10.95
Senecio Rowleyanus String of Pearls trailing house plant in hanging pot
Plant in 14cm plastic hanging pot
£ 13.90
String of Pearls Senecio rowleyanus Succulent House Plant in medium plastic pot
Plant in 8cm plastic pot
£ 6.95
String of pearls senecio rowleyanus succulent house plant stem cutting
Cutting for propagation
£ 0.95
String of Pearls Senecio rowleyanus Trailing Succulent House Plant Stem Cutting for propagation
Rooted Cutting
£ 1.5

Available Options

Plant in 6cm plastic pot£5.80
Plant & 6cm hanging pot£10.95
Plant & 6cm ceramic pot£10.95
Plant & 6cm square pot£10.95
Plant in 14cm plastic hanging pot£13.90
Plant in 8cm plastic pot£6.95
Plant in 9cm plastic pot£8.55
Plant & 6cm concrete pot£10.95
Plant in 10cm plastic pot£9.65
Plant & 10cm ceramic pot£17.55
Plant & 9cm ceramic pot£16.45
Cutting for propagation£0.95
Rooted Cutting£1.50

Reviews For This Plant


String of Pearls Care Instructions


Firstly, I find they show the best growth in a partially sunny spot and like an east or west facing window, or a shelf next to a south facing window. However, they are adaptable and can manage other environments. If you choose to keep them elsewhere I would suggest a few precautions to keep them healthy:

If they are kept in a directly south-facing window, balcony or patio:
Firstly, I find watering more frequently helps to protect them from sunburn. Even though the intensity of sunlight is not as high as in South Africa, it can cause damage. You will find pictures of sunburn in the “What to do if my plant is not growing” section to help you identify the signs early so you can move the plant to a more protected position if you do spot it.

If they are kept in a north facing window or far from a window:
Adding grow lights for a few hours in the morning and evening keeps the plants happy and healthy. Consider keeping the grow lights on for 12-14 hours in winter as days become shorter and darker, or else the plant may start looking sad and stop growing.


The right water management is the key to successfully growing String of Pearls. Give them too little water and they’ll die, but give them too much water and they’ll die even faster!

I follow an easy water management routine:
I use a mix of soil that drains fast and I water only when the pearls look dim, or if the pot feel light in weight. Please see my “What to do” section for pictures of plants with shiny pearls and dim pearls. A moisture meter can also help you with watering decisions.

Soil mix:

I experimented with different soil mixes. I tried ready-to-use succulent or cactus mixes from the local garden centre and high priced ‘special’ soils for succulents from the internet, just to name a few. My conclusion from these tests is that as long as the texture of the soil allows water to drain through it easily, the String of Pearls will do fine. For the past two years I’ve been using a home-made mix of soil that consists of 60% of not too rich compost and 40% of building sand or some fine gravel.


Additional information


The pictures show the actual plants I sell. The small plants have around 4 trails, the medium around 6.


Please note that I post the plants in plastic nursery pots other than the cuttings that will arrive bare root. Decorative pots, if selected, will arrive in addition to the plants in plastic nursery pots. The decorative pots do not have drainage holes.

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