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Curio rowleyanus 'Variegata' (Variegated String of Pearls)

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Scientific Name

Curio rowleyanus 'Variegata'

Accepted Scientific Name

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

Common Names

Variegated String of Pearls, Variegated String of Beads, Variegated String of Peas

Synonyms

Curio rowleyanus f. variegata, Senecio rowleyanus 'Variegata'

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Curio rowleyanus 'Variegata', formerly known as Senecio rowleyanus 'Variegata', is a beautiful, trailing or hanging and somewhat difficult to find, variegated form of the popular Curio rowleyanus. The stems can reach up to 8 feet (2.4 m) long. Round, pearl-like green leaves are variegated with wide, white stripes and sections. The flowers are small, white to near white and brush-like on long peduncles.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 8a to 10b: from 10 °F (−12.2 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Established Senecios are extremely drought tolerant. They do need some water, during the summer, but do not leave the soil wet for prolonged periods. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings in winter, when they are somewhat dormant. Since they are growing in sandy soil, nutrients will need to be replenished. Fertilize annually, but lightly. Too much fertilizer will cause a lot of leggy growth.

Taller varieties can get floppy. You can prune them back to where the stem is firm, in very early spring. You can even root the cuttings.

Plants can be divided or repotted in early spring. If you are growing them in containers, they enjoy spending the summer outdoors. Wait until there is no danger of frost and move them back indoors in the fall.

Senecio can be grown from either seed or cuttings. Seeds prefer warm temperatures and constant moisture to germinate. Cuttings are easier and faster. Cut during the growing season, from early spring to fall. Root in sandy soil, in containers… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Senecio

Origin

Curio rowleyanus 'Variegata' is a variegated form of Curio rowleyanus.

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