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Curio radicans (String of Bananas)

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Scientific Name

Curio rowleyanus (H. Jacobsen) P.V. Heath

Common Names

Banana Vine, Creeping Berry, Fishhook Senecio, Necklace Plant, String of Bananas, String of Fishhooks, String of Pearls

Synonyms

Cacalia radicans, Kleinia radicans, Senecio radicans

Scientific Classification

Family: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Asteroideae
Tribe: Senecioneae
Subtribe: Senecioninae
Genus: Curio

Description

Curio radicans, formerly know as Senecio radicans, is a fast-growing succulent with vines that can reach up to 3 feet (90 cm) long. Leaves are pointed, up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) long and green with the sides of the leaves partly translucent, allowing sunlight to shine through. They grow single-file along the cascading stems. Flowers are small, white, cinnamon-scented and usually appear in late winter or early spring.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

These succulents are grown more for their beautiful foliage than for their flowers. They look good all year and need minimal care and attention.

Keep Curio plants in partial shade if outdoors, which is their preference in summer, and in bright sunlight if indoors. Avoid intense afternoon sun in summer. They will grow in shade but will become lank and leggy.

Curio plants are drought tolerant but the soil should never be left dry for too long. They do need some water during the growing season but be careful to not leave the soil wet for prolonged periods. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings, especially during the winter.

Curio can take a bit more fertilizer than other succulents if you want them to grow fast. Fertilize the plants once a year, in summer, with a dilute solution of a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer.

You do not need to repot these plants often. You can do it when you see that the container becomes too small or shallow.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Curio.

Origin

Curio radicans is native to South Africa.

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