Senecio rowleyanus Care Guide
Common Name: 'String of Pearls' or 'String of Beads'
About Senecio rowleyanus
Senecio rowleyanus is most commonly known as ‘String of Pearls’ for its almost perfectly spherical leaves. It is dormant in the summer, but grows quickly when temperatures cool down in the fall and winter.
The shape of its leaves maximize water content while minimizing surface exposure to light. For this reason, they can go for long periods without water. The most common problem people have with ‘String of Pearls’ is overwatering. Wait until the pearls lose their shine, start to look dull and shrink due to a lack of water. You’ll notice an indent in the pearls when it is time to water.
Senecio rowleyanus ‘String of Pearls’ loves bright light, but not direct sunlight. Sun stress turns the pearls a purplish-brown color. It usually blooms in the summer and when it does, be sure to smell the flowers. They smell like cinnamon!