Variegated String of Pearls - Senecio Rowleyanus Variegated
Variegated String of Pearls - Senecio Rowleyanus Variegated
Variegated String of Pearls - Senecio Rowleyanus Variegated
Variegated String of Pearls - Senecio Rowleyanus Variegated
Variegated String of Pearls - Senecio Rowleyanus Variegated
Variegated String of Pearls - Senecio Rowleyanus Variegated
Variegated String of Pearls - Senecio Rowleyanus Variegated
Variegated String of Pearls - Senecio Rowleyanus Variegated
Variegated String of Pearls - Senecio Rowleyanus Variegated
Variegated String of Pearls - Senecio Rowleyanus Variegated
Variegated String of Pearls - Senecio Rowleyanus Variegated
Variegated String of Pearls - Senecio Rowleyanus Variegated

Introducing the variegated string of pearls, known as Curio rowleyanus variegata (formerly known as Senecio rowleyanus variegated). The variegated string of pearls is called so because of its unique, beautiful patterns of white, cream-colored, or even pink markings on its leaves.

This Senecio rowleyanus variegated plant has trailing stems that resemble a string of pearls, with small, bead-like leaves. These markings can take various forms, such as stripes, spots, or marbled patterns, creating a visually striking contrast against the green background of the leaves. 


The leaves of the variegated string of pearls are small, bead-like, and round, resembling tiny pearls cascading down from the stems, and are up to 2 feet long.

Each leaf is plump and translucent, giving it a delicate and ethereal look.

The variegation adds an extra layer of charm and elegance to the trailing succulent plant, making it a captivating addition to any plant collection or indoor space.

Like its non-variegated counterpart, the variegated form of String of Pearls is a trailing or hanging pearl succulent, making it perfect for hanging pots or trailing down from shelves or containers. Its cascading growth habit creates a visually appealing display, especially when the variegated leaves catch the light and highlight the patterns. 

The flowers of the variegated String of Pearls plant are small, star-shaped, and white. These delicate blooms add a lovely touch to the already captivating appearance of the variegated string of pearls plant during the spring and summer seasons. While the flowers are not the main feature of the variegated string of pearls, they can be a delightful surprise when they appear. 

To propagate the variegated String of Pearls, you can take stem cuttings and root them in well-draining soil. Make sure to let the cuttings dry for a few days before planting them. Maintain a light moisture level in the soil until the cuttings establish roots. It's a fun and rewarding way to expand your collection of these lovely ground-cover succulent plants.

Additionally, the variegated string of pearls can be mildly toxic for both humans and pets if consumed.

Watering Needs 

Like other succulents, the Variegated String of Pearls succulent is adapted to survive in arid conditions so that it can tolerate drought better than excessive moisture.  It's important to follow a careful watering routine. Between waterings, let the soil completely dry out. To prevent root rot, avoid overwatering. Underwatering is always preferable to overwatering for this plant.

In the spring and summer, during the growing season, water your Senecio rowleyanus variegated regularly every 2-3 weeks or so, making sure to drench and let all the water drain out of the pot. In the winter, during the dormant period, reduce watering. There should be no high atmospheric humidity during the rest period! 

Do not be concerned if all the leaves fall off; simply stop watering and wait until new growth begins. Care must be taken with watering, as they tend to become swollen and untidy in their growth habits if given too much water and shade.

Light Requirements

If growing these variegated strings of pearls indoors, they enjoy soaking up the sun, so placing them near a sunny window where they can receive plenty of bright sunlight is ideal. Finding the right balance of light is crucial for the Senecio rowleyanus variegated plant's health and growth. 

When growing outdoors, your variegated string of pearls prefers full sun to partial shade. It can grow in slightly dappled shade, including two to three hours a day of direct sun throughout the year, which encourages flowering and heavy leaf production. However, be cautious of prolonged direct sunlight for over 6 hours, as it can scorch the delicate leaves. 

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs 

The variegated string of pearls prefers sandy, well-drained soil, as excess moisture or wet soil can promote root and stem rot or damage its shallow roots. Planet Desert specializes in most succulents and has specialized succulent potting soil that includes an organic substrate with mycorrhizae to help with the growth of a healthy root system to help your succulents thrive. As an okay alternative, you can create your own potting mix by combining equal portions of perlite, coarse sand, and good natural potting soil. 

As for fertilizer, this variegated string of pearl plants doesn't require frequent feeding. During the growing season in the spring, you can use a diluted, balanced NPK fertilizer (5-10-5) once a year. However, be cautious not to over-fertilize, as it can cause damage to your Senecio plant. Remember, it's always better to under-fertilize than to over-fertilize succulents like the Variegated String of Pearls.

Hardiness Zone & More 

When grown indoors, the variegated string of pearls prefers temperatures between 60-85°F, so it's important to keep it in a warm and cozy environment. This variegated string of pearls plant is adaptable and can tolerate average indoor humidity levels. It does not like hot weather and requires cool air with plenty of airflow. However, it's important to avoid excessively dry conditions, as they can cause the leaves to shrivel. If the air in your home is particularly dry, try placing a tray of water near the plant or using a humidifier to increase humidity. 

For outdoor cultivation, the Variegated String of Pearls is typically hardy in USDA hardiness zones 9–11. Remember, providing a comfortable temperature and moderate humidity will help your variegated string of pearls thrive! 

Final Thoughts

Overall, the variegated string of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus variegated) is a real showstopper. With its unique and eye-catching variegated leaves, it adds a pop of color and charm to any space. This succulent is not only visually stunning but also easy to care for, making it a great choice for plant lovers of all levels. Its trailing vines and delicate pearls create a whimsical and playful look, perfect for hanging baskets or trailing down shelves. Whether you're a seasoned plant enthusiast or just starting your green journey, the variegated string of pearls succulent is sure to bring joy and beauty to your indoor garden.

We think you will love this Senecio rowleyanus variegated. Order your very own Variegated string of pearls for sale today and start enjoying its beauty in no time! 

Bloom Season Spring, Summer
Botanical Name Senecio rowleyanus
Common Name Variegated string of pearls
Dormancy Winter
Family Asteraceae
Flower Color Creamy, white, variegated
Genus Senecio
Growth Habit Trailing, hanging
Growth Rate Fast
Hardiness Zone 9, 10, 11
Mature Size 2 ft. long
Native Area South Africa
Plant Type Evergreen succulent
Propagation By cuttings, offsets, seeds
Resistance Drought tolerant, heat tolerant, pest resistance
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type Succulents potting mix soil
Special Features Beadlike leaves(cascade several ft)
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Toxicity Mildly toxic for humans, mildly toxic for pets(Keep away from Children)
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of Variegated String of Pearls

The Variegated String of Pearls is generally a resilient Senecio plant, but it can still face a few common problems. Here are some potential pests and issues to watch out for: 

Overwatering: This variegated string of pearls plant is prone to root rot if it's consistently overwatered. Make sure to let the soil dry completely between waterings. 

Mealybugs: These small, white, cottony pests can sometimes infest the variegated string of pearls succulent. You can get rid of them by wiping them away with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol. 

Spider mites: These tiny pests can cause leaf webbing and damage. Regularly misting the string of pearls variegated can help deter them, and you can also use insecticidal soap if the infestation is severe. 

Leaf drop: If the Variegated String of Pearls is not receiving enough light or is overwatered, it may start dropping leaves. Adjusting the lighting and watering routine can help prevent this issue. 

Remember to regularly inspect your variegated string of pearl plants for any signs of pests or problems and take appropriate action to keep it healthy and thriving!  

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are variegated strings of pearls rare? 

    A variegated string of pearl plants is considered relatively rare compared to the standard green variety. The variegated version features unique patterns of white or cream-colored markings on its leaves, which adds to its appeal and uniqueness.  While they may be harder to find than the regular green String of Pearls, they have gained popularity among plant enthusiasts for their striking appearance. If you're lucky enough to come across a Variegated String of Pearls, it can be a beautiful addition to your plant collection! 

  • Can a string of pearls be variegated? 

    Yes, a String of Pearls can indeed be variegated! The variegation refers to the unique patterns of white cream-colored or even pink markings on the leaves of the plant. This adds a beautiful touch to the already charming appearance of the String of Pearls.  The variegated variety is sought after by plant enthusiasts for its striking and eye-catching look. If you come across a variegated String of Pearls, it can make a lovely addition to your plant collection!

  • How do you care for a string of pearls variegated? 

    To care for a Variegated String of Pearls, place it in bright, indirect light, avoid direct sunlight over 6 hours of the day, and plant the string of pearls in well-drained soil with a succulent soil mix. Fertilize sparingly once a year during the growing season in the spring with a natural NPK fertilizer.  Water the Senecio plant thoroughly, adjusting the frequency based on the environment and the plant's needs. Keep the variegated String of Pearls out of reach of pets and children for safety. 

  • What is the difference between variegated and non-variegated string of pearls? 

    The difference between a variegated String of Pearls and a non-variegated one lies in the appearance of their leaves. Variegated String of Pearls plants have unique patterns of white or cream-colored markings on their leaves, while non-variegated ones have solid green leaves.  The variegation adds a beautiful and distinctive touch to the overall look of the plant. Both varieties are charming in their own way, but the variegated version stands out with its eye-catching patterns! 

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Introducing the variegated string of pearls, known as Curio rowleyanus variegata (formerly known as Senecio rowleyanus variegated). The variegated string of pearls is called so because of its unique, beautiful patterns of white, cream-colored, or even pink markings on its leaves.

This Senecio rowleyanus variegated plant has trailing stems that resemble a string of pearls, with small, bead-like leaves. These markings can take various forms, such as stripes, spots, or marbled patterns, creating a visually striking contrast against the green background of the leaves. 


The leaves of the variegated string of pearls are small, bead-like, and round, resembling tiny pearls cascading down from the stems, and are up to 2 feet long.

Each leaf is plump and translucent, giving it a delicate and ethereal look.

The variegation adds an extra layer of charm and elegance to the trailing succulent plant, making it a captivating addition to any plant collection or indoor space.

Like its non-variegated counterpart, the variegated form of String of Pearls is a trailing or hanging pearl succulent, making it perfect for hanging pots or trailing down from shelves or containers. Its cascading growth habit creates a visually appealing display, especially when the variegated leaves catch the light and highlight the patterns. 

The flowers of the variegated String of Pearls plant are small, star-shaped, and white. These delicate blooms add a lovely touch to the already captivating appearance of the variegated string of pearls plant during the spring and summer seasons. While the flowers are not the main feature of the variegated string of pearls, they can be a delightful surprise when they appear. 

To propagate the variegated String of Pearls, you can take stem cuttings and root them in well-draining soil. Make sure to let the cuttings dry for a few days before planting them. Maintain a light moisture level in the soil until the cuttings establish roots. It's a fun and rewarding way to expand your collection of these lovely ground-cover succulent plants.

Additionally, the variegated string of pearls can be mildly toxic for both humans and pets if consumed.

Watering Needs 

Like other succulents, the Variegated String of Pearls succulent is adapted to survive in arid conditions so that it can tolerate drought better than excessive moisture.  It's important to follow a careful watering routine. Between waterings, let the soil completely dry out. To prevent root rot, avoid overwatering. Underwatering is always preferable to overwatering for this plant.

In the spring and summer, during the growing season, water your Senecio rowleyanus variegated regularly every 2-3 weeks or so, making sure to drench and let all the water drain out of the pot. In the winter, during the dormant period, reduce watering. There should be no high atmospheric humidity during the rest period! 

Do not be concerned if all the leaves fall off; simply stop watering and wait until new growth begins. Care must be taken with watering, as they tend to become swollen and untidy in their growth habits if given too much water and shade.

Light Requirements

If growing these variegated strings of pearls indoors, they enjoy soaking up the sun, so placing them near a sunny window where they can receive plenty of bright sunlight is ideal. Finding the right balance of light is crucial for the Senecio rowleyanus variegated plant's health and growth. 

When growing outdoors, your variegated string of pearls prefers full sun to partial shade. It can grow in slightly dappled shade, including two to three hours a day of direct sun throughout the year, which encourages flowering and heavy leaf production. However, be cautious of prolonged direct sunlight for over 6 hours, as it can scorch the delicate leaves. 

Optimal Soil & Fertilizer Needs 

The variegated string of pearls prefers sandy, well-drained soil, as excess moisture or wet soil can promote root and stem rot or damage its shallow roots. Planet Desert specializes in most succulents and has specialized succulent potting soil that includes an organic substrate with mycorrhizae to help with the growth of a healthy root system to help your succulents thrive. As an okay alternative, you can create your own potting mix by combining equal portions of perlite, coarse sand, and good natural potting soil. 

As for fertilizer, this variegated string of pearl plants doesn't require frequent feeding. During the growing season in the spring, you can use a diluted, balanced NPK fertilizer (5-10-5) once a year. However, be cautious not to over-fertilize, as it can cause damage to your Senecio plant. Remember, it's always better to under-fertilize than to over-fertilize succulents like the Variegated String of Pearls.

Hardiness Zone & More 

When grown indoors, the variegated string of pearls prefers temperatures between 60-85°F, so it's important to keep it in a warm and cozy environment. This variegated string of pearls plant is adaptable and can tolerate average indoor humidity levels. It does not like hot weather and requires cool air with plenty of airflow. However, it's important to avoid excessively dry conditions, as they can cause the leaves to shrivel. If the air in your home is particularly dry, try placing a tray of water near the plant or using a humidifier to increase humidity. 

For outdoor cultivation, the Variegated String of Pearls is typically hardy in USDA hardiness zones 9–11. Remember, providing a comfortable temperature and moderate humidity will help your variegated string of pearls thrive! 

Final Thoughts

Overall, the variegated string of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus variegated) is a real showstopper. With its unique and eye-catching variegated leaves, it adds a pop of color and charm to any space. This succulent is not only visually stunning but also easy to care for, making it a great choice for plant lovers of all levels. Its trailing vines and delicate pearls create a whimsical and playful look, perfect for hanging baskets or trailing down shelves. Whether you're a seasoned plant enthusiast or just starting your green journey, the variegated string of pearls succulent is sure to bring joy and beauty to your indoor garden.

We think you will love this Senecio rowleyanus variegated. Order your very own Variegated string of pearls for sale today and start enjoying its beauty in no time! 

Bloom Season Spring, Summer
Botanical Name Senecio rowleyanus
Common Name Variegated string of pearls
Dormancy Winter
Family Asteraceae
Flower Color Creamy, white, variegated
Genus Senecio
Growth Habit Trailing, hanging
Growth Rate Fast
Hardiness Zone 9, 10, 11
Mature Size 2 ft. long
Native Area South Africa
Plant Type Evergreen succulent
Propagation By cuttings, offsets, seeds
Resistance Drought tolerant, heat tolerant, pest resistance
Soil PH 6.5, Acidic, Neutral
Soil Type Succulents potting mix soil
Special Features Beadlike leaves(cascade several ft)
Sun Exposure Full sun, partial shade
Toxicity Mildly toxic for humans, mildly toxic for pets(Keep away from Children)
Watering Needs Low

Pests & Common Problems of Variegated String of Pearls

The Variegated String of Pearls is generally a resilient Senecio plant, but it can still face a few common problems. Here are some potential pests and issues to watch out for: 

Overwatering: This variegated string of pearls plant is prone to root rot if it's consistently overwatered. Make sure to let the soil dry completely between waterings. 

Mealybugs: These small, white, cottony pests can sometimes infest the variegated string of pearls succulent. You can get rid of them by wiping them away with a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol. 

Spider mites: These tiny pests can cause leaf webbing and damage. Regularly misting the string of pearls variegated can help deter them, and you can also use insecticidal soap if the infestation is severe. 

Leaf drop: If the Variegated String of Pearls is not receiving enough light or is overwatered, it may start dropping leaves. Adjusting the lighting and watering routine can help prevent this issue. 

Remember to regularly inspect your variegated string of pearl plants for any signs of pests or problems and take appropriate action to keep it healthy and thriving!  

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are variegated strings of pearls rare? 

    A variegated string of pearl plants is considered relatively rare compared to the standard green variety. The variegated version features unique patterns of white or cream-colored markings on its leaves, which adds to its appeal and uniqueness.  While they may be harder to find than the regular green String of Pearls, they have gained popularity among plant enthusiasts for their striking appearance. If you're lucky enough to come across a Variegated String of Pearls, it can be a beautiful addition to your plant collection! 

  • Can a string of pearls be variegated? 

    Yes, a String of Pearls can indeed be variegated! The variegation refers to the unique patterns of white cream-colored or even pink markings on the leaves of the plant. This adds a beautiful touch to the already charming appearance of the String of Pearls.  The variegated variety is sought after by plant enthusiasts for its striking and eye-catching look. If you come across a variegated String of Pearls, it can make a lovely addition to your plant collection!

  • How do you care for a string of pearls variegated? 

    To care for a Variegated String of Pearls, place it in bright, indirect light, avoid direct sunlight over 6 hours of the day, and plant the string of pearls in well-drained soil with a succulent soil mix. Fertilize sparingly once a year during the growing season in the spring with a natural NPK fertilizer.  Water the Senecio plant thoroughly, adjusting the frequency based on the environment and the plant's needs. Keep the variegated String of Pearls out of reach of pets and children for safety. 

  • What is the difference between variegated and non-variegated string of pearls? 

    The difference between a variegated String of Pearls and a non-variegated one lies in the appearance of their leaves. Variegated String of Pearls plants have unique patterns of white or cream-colored markings on their leaves, while non-variegated ones have solid green leaves.  The variegation adds a beautiful and distinctive touch to the overall look of the plant. Both varieties are charming in their own way, but the variegated version stands out with its eye-catching patterns! 

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