- Curio rowleyanus - String of Pearls
Curio rowleyanus - String of Pearls
Caring for your new leafy green friends
Please don’t put me on or close to a radiator, the heat will dry me out.
Take me out of any ceramic pots when watering to stop my roots rotting.
I need light to survive. Please give me light!
I don’t like draughts! Keep me away from any cold spots in the house.
Senecio rowleyanus have been reclassified Curio.
Curio rowleyanus is part of the Asteraceae family (the Daisy family) and its native range is Cape Province. Curio rowleyanus is noted for its unique, almost spherical, tiny pea-shaped modified leaves. Their leaves are perfectly engineered to store water, minimize water consumption and to facilitate plant survival in dry climates. This plant needs light from above to maintain a full crown. The flowers of this plant have a faint smell of cinnamon.
Genus name comes from the Latin cūriōsus, meaning “careful” or “inquisitive.” The specific epithet comes from the British botanist Gordon Douglas Rowley.
It's important to not pour water on to the top of these plants as they form a dense matting with shallow roots and this could lead to rotting.
Pot: ø 14cm.
Foliage: Approximately 50cm in length.
Light: In its native environment this plant grows on the ground, forming a mat by crawling over and under other plants. The light here would still be far greater than the light in our homes. Position this plant in a very bright indirectly lit spot, this plant can also tolerate a few hours of direct sunlight. Too much light results in the leaves developing a red/purple flush.
Water: Allow the potting mix to dry out completely in between waterings;
Potting mix: A well draining mix composed of coco coir, perlite, grit and horticultural sand.
Fertilising: Feed every few waterings during the growing season. You can dilute fertiliser to half the recommended amount but never add more.
Temperature: Spring and summer 18-30˚C, autumn and winter 10-13˚C
Humidity: Average humidity; if the humidity is particularly high, good ventilation is key to prevent mildew and fungal disease.
Curio rowleyanus is toxic, keep out of reach of pets and children.
Delivery & Returns
Please be aware that your plant may vary from the picture as this is a living item. Variations of shape and colour are perfectly natural and to be expected. We will send you a plant as close to the picture and description as possible. The picture shown is an example of what's in stock unless stated otherwise.
Our plants are sent with a detailed care guide to help you look after them. You must provide the adequate conditions to keep them alive.
Shipping & Delivery
We can only ship within the UK. Orders from abroad cannot be fulfilled and will be cancelled & refunded.
We pack and ship all orders on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to prevent plants waiting in transit over the weekend.
We do send all our plants via next day delivery, however couriers can sometimes take longer.
We guarantee our plants 14 day from receipt. We guarantee to send happy and healthy plants, however, it is your responsibility to care for them and we cannot be held responsible for neglect or mis care. Please send us a picture within 24 hours of receiving your plant and we'll help you out with your issue.
If returning your order, please keep all original packaging and use this to send the plant back to us. This will ensure the plant is kept as safe as possible on its return.
To allow the plant to acclimatise in its new home, there should be no repotting of the plant for a minimum of 14 days after receipt. If any plant has been repotted or a cutting has been taken then we are not able to accept returns.
We are happy to replace your plant if it is very badly damaged in transport. The loss of a leaf in transport on a healthy plant should not generally be cause for any concern. We cannot give a refund for snapped leaves.