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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 adenocalyx, Kleinia radicans, Senecio adenocalyx, Senecio gonocladus, Senecio radicans, Senecio rhopalodenia

Scientific Classification

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

Origin

Native to South Africa.

Description

Curio radicans, also known as Senecio radicans, is a popular hanging succulent with stems lined with banana-shaped leaves. The stems can hang up to up to 3 feet (90 cm) long. Leaves are fleshy, green with translucent lines on either side, and up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) long. Flowers are tiny, white, cinnamon-scented, and usually appear in late winter or early spring.

How to Grow and Care

Light: Keep Curio plants in partial shade if outdoors, which is their preference in summer, and bright sunlight if indoors. They will grow in full shade but will become lank and leggy.

Soil: These plants prefer well-draining soil. For growing Curio indoors, it is essential to use a container with at least one drainage hole at the bottom.

Hardiness: Curio radicans can tolerate temperatures as low as 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b.

Watering: 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 not to leave the soil wet for prolonged periods.

Fertilizing: The members of this genus can take a bit more fertilizer than other succulents if you want them to grow fast.

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

Propagation: These plants can be grown from seeds or cuttings.

Toxicity: Curio plants are toxic. Grow them with great care if you have children, pets, or livestock.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Curio.

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