Ceropegia linearis subsp. woodii f. variegata
Accepted Scientific Name
Ceropegia linearis subsp. woodii (Schltr.) H. Huber
Variegated Chain of Hearts, Variegated Rosary Vine, Variegated String of Hearts (VSOH)
Ceropegia linearis subsp. woodii f. variegata, Ceropegia woodii f. variegata, Ceropegia woodii 'Variegata'
Ceropegia linearis subsp. woodii 'Variegata', also known as Ceropegia woodii 'Variegata', is a trailing succulent with slender stems and pale or deep green leaves with creamy-white margins. It grows up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall with a spread of up to 13.1 feet (4 m). Leaves are heart-shaped, up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) long, and as wide as they are long. Flowers are up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) long, usually appear from late summer to early fall, and last up to 6 weeks.
USDA hardiness zones 11a to 11b: from 40 °F (+4.4 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
A gritty compost is suitable, and clay pots help with drainage, especially for the species with white thickened roots, which are the most susceptible to rotting, and for species forming large tubers. Ceropegias appreciate water and a little fertilizer during warm weather, although some care with watering is required for the more difficult species. The vine-like species can suffer from prolonged drought.
Typically, many of these species grow and climb naturally among bushes, which provide shade and humidity to the base, while the vegetative growth is in the light. Where tubers occur, they are best planted on the surface of the compost, and the vegetative growth allows them to twine around supports or trail down from a hanging pot. The latter mode of growth has the advantage of not using valuable bench space. Small tubers formed at joints in the thin stems of some species can be used for propagation. If the tuber rots or dries out, don't panic. As long as some of the top growth is still in reasonable condition, it may be possible to save the plant by re-rooting stems in damp gravel.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Ceropegia.
This succulent is a form of Ceropegia linearis subsp. woodii selected for its variegated foliage.
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