Senecio herreianus is native to South Africa and Namibia.
In his natural habitat grows like vine crawling over the ground, with his stems crawling and rooting wherever the stems touch the ground.
The stems are narrow, green-purplish and stiff and can grow over 30cm. They hang from the pot or crawl along the ground as they do in nature. The globose leaves are in the shape of raindrops. They are lined with thin purple stripes and translucent “leaf windows” that help the plant absorb more sunlight. The purple tones on the leaves and stems will intensify when it grown in full sunlight.
The flowers are small, white in the shape of a pompom and smell of cinnamon, they bloom from spring to autumn on long peduncles.
Senecio herreianus is extremely resistant to drought. It is advisable to grow it in partial shade if outdoors and in intense sunlight if indoors.
It is not a cold hardy plant, so if you live in an area that gets colder than 30 ° F (-1.1 ° C), it is best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors.
They need large drainage and infrequent water to prevent rot. Wait always for the soil to dry completely before watering again.
Containers with drainage holes and well-draining soil are recommended.
Senecio herreianus can be grown from seeds or cutting.
To grow a full, trailing cascade, ensure all stems get sunlight and prune regularly, replanting the stem cuttings back in the pot.
The name “Herreianus” is in honor to Adolar Gottlieb Julios Herre (1859-1979) explorer and horticulturist.
The common name are: String of Beads, String of Tears, String of Watermelons, Gooseberry Plant, and String of Raindrops.
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