Monilaria moniliformis Ihlenf. & Joergens.
Bunny Succulent, Bunny Ear Succulent, String of Pearls, Beaded Vygie, Beaded Ice Plant
Monilaria moniliformis is a small, very beautiful, sparsely branched succulent shrub that grows up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall. The swollen stems can grow up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) in diameter. The short-lived leaves are arranged in opposite pairs. They are very soft, cylindrical, up to 6 inches (15 cm) long and up to 0.2 inches (0.5 cm) in diameter. This plant is a winter grower and its leaves disappear in summer. The solitary flowers are white with a yellow center and up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) in diameter. The name "moniliformis" is derived from the Latin "monile", meaning "necklace".
USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Mesembs are mostly adapted to relatively predictable rainfall patterns rather than extreme drought and irregular rainfall. Total rainfall may be extremely low, but water is available at least seasonally or through fog and condensation. This leads to or allows plants which are not especially large and sometimes very small, and affects the way they need to be treated in cultivation.
The basics of care are very simple, with free-draining soil, plenty of sun and ventilation, and regular light watering in the right season. Yet the difficulties are endless, trying to adapt to the Mesembs' own adaptability and to follow their growth habits in your particular conditions.
These plants require a loam-based compost with the addition of extra drainage material such as horticultural grit or perlite. They all like good light conditions and plenty of ventilation.
Some are relatively cold-hardy and can even survive mild winters outside. Most will survive temperatures down to the freezing point. There are some Mesembs which begin to grow in the fall as the temperature drops and the days get shorter.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Mesembs.
Monilaria moniliformis is native to South Africa.
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