7 Popular Types Of String Plants

If you are in search of plants or herbs more charming and beautiful in nature, as well as require less care and hard work, please go through the succulent family especially string succulents because of their habit of growing into long, hind caves. 

String succulents are named exactly according to their nature. Each plant of string succulents has its own peculiar leave pattern. Advancement in botany brought more charm and modernization to this plant too. So, we can consider it a great decorative indoor thing, especially regarding the greenery of the interior of the house.

String Plant

Similar to other hanging attractive and ornamental plants, these succulent plants can be placed on stairs, shelves, and windows and more surprisingly they can be placed on furniture as upholstering because of their flexible nature and their falling leaves give a more worthy look.

It is very necessary to water these plants, so never hang or place them too high where their basic requirement gets compromised.

The genus of string succulents is Senecio, more than one thousand different species fall in this genus. All plants in Senecio have the capability to grow and bloom in versatile patterns and colors.

Characteristics Of String Plants:

String succulents are favored more in this modern era because of their versatility. Some prominent features are described here. 

  • Stems and leaves are more crowdings in nature
  • Leaves and flowers give a more beautiful look because they emerge from small and crowdy stems. 
  • Leaves contain gel inside as they are thick
  • People can become more curious about plants because the shape of leaves looks like different objects like pearls, watermelons, animals, etc.

Types Of String Succulents:

String Plants

1: String Of Banana

A native of Africa, Senecio radicals, is a pioneer succulent member of Asteraceae however it doesn’t do justice to its name as it is not a fruit, instead of wine with banana-shaped leave. Continuing traditions of African plants, this family is also easy to maintain, with less caretaking and hard work required.   


Small yellow, white, or more specifically lavender fuzzy flowers are the result of this fabulous plant. These flowers give similar to a string of pearls in look and to a scent (cinnamon) that is commonly available in early spring or late winter. 

Care for a string of bananas: 

Care of this banana string plant requires very less and light precautions like     >

  • Avoid dry places always go for moist places
  • Avoid direct sun exposure as leaves will be burned
  • Light/half-shaded exposure to the sun is required for better nourishing
  • They can tolerate drought but don’t make it longer and habitual

If you observe leaves of your plant getting thinner and less in number, the demand is proper light exposure. While they are turning brown please protect them from direct sun exposure and put it in the sand. 

2: String Of Hearts

The scientific name of this plant is Ceropegia woodii, an everlasting member belonging to the family Asclepiadaceae of South Africa. This is more especially considered as the star of plants. Many other names are here 

A string of hearts,  sweetheart vine, rosary vine, chain of hearts, the collar of hearts.

People prefer this plant more for special occasions like weddings, because of this fantastic heard shaped look. Strings of the heart are ideal for special occasions because of their beautiful heart-shaped leaves. This plant is tuberous with long posterior stems and small yellow to dark green leaves. 


  • Plant blooms in late summer or in early autumn.
  • Last more than 1 and a half months
  • The nature of plant is tubular 
  • The Colour is pink, light reddish.

Care for a string of hearts:

Although this plant is very easy to care however required some precautions 

During the growing season, do water plant sufficiently at least after a week.

Low or less light exposure is insufficient, Give more than 3 hours of light/ sun exposure but be very cautionary about direct sunlight because it will kill plants. 

You need to be worried when observing large spaces in between leaves. Give enough exposure to light.

At the end of the season, do not water the plant frequently because it will harm its root and ultimately flowers and leaves. Also, make the soil dried in between watering.

3: String Of Pearls 

The scientific name is Senecio rowleyanus, (pearl string)  is a very amazing hanging plant of the Asteraceae family, more commonly found in South Africa and Namibia. 


  • This plant is specifically vining in nature.
  • It contains tiny pea-shaped leaves. 
  • Its stem is branched, with twisting and falling shape leaves.
  • Because of its leaves and stem, it looks like a river of peas.


  • A string of pearls normally blooms in summer
  • Produce with colour small flowers
  • Flowers are not much decorative however give a very sweet, soul-relieving cinnamon-like fragrance

Care For String Of Pearls: 

The string of the pearl plant does not require peculiar conditions to grow. Just adequate light (mixture of direct and indirect ) and fertilizer is enough for its growth in one season. cover it properly to make it withstand periods of adverse conditions. 

Plant grow perfectly on well-drained soil, hence requiring less water.

The question is how to give proper light exposure just put in direct sunlight in the initial hours of the morning, then to a place where scattered, indirect light, or partial shade is present especially in afternoon hours.

4: String Of Nickels

Scientifically known as Dischidia nummularia

This ornamental hanging plant is highly suggestive in the tropics of Asia and Australia. It has a very surprising nature to survive in wild easily because it gets attached to other plants, tree trunks, or rocks to face adverse conditions hence known as the epiphytic plant, 

It has a small, bent stem but slender leaves are light to full green. Place plant to good height as it can grow up to a meter in length.


Blooms in spring only

Produce small white to yellow colored flowers 

Flowers contain densely packed seeds

Care for a string of nickels:

It grows well on well-drained soil means not becoming too much thirsty. The plant requires less care just be careful about proper light exposure but avoid direct light. Artificial light can also be beneficial in this case.

Most types of plants require less water but nickel string is moisture-loving hence try to spray it on regular basis with water. Avoid more aired or well-ventilated room.


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5: String Of Beads

The scientific name is Senecio Herreianus a beautiful plant of Namibia and South Africa. It is also known as watermelon string. It resembles a string of pearls in many aspects but differs in the shape of the leaves which are connected by more long and delicate purple stripes. 

It looks very beautiful in hanging baskets more than being planted underground as a ground cover.


Bloom in spring

Produce small and white flowers

Small, white flowers fall on long peduncles in spring. 

Care for a string of beads:

It needs well-drained soil so, It can tolerate water deficiency very nicely. Although it requires less quantity of water than other members of succulents frequency of watering should be more. do water it whenever the leaves start to wrinkle. 

Give moderate water in summer and less in winter; give time to dry soil between watering. Occasional use of natural fertilizers will be beneficial.

6: String Of Dolphins

The scientific name is Curio peregrinus  (a hybrid of Curio articulatus and Curio rowleyanus). this is a very beautiful but strange plant, named so because it produces leaves that in actuality look like little dolphins jumping from their hind legs. This plant has become rare in nature.


Unspecific allies grow more and bloom in spring ( beginning of summer)

Produce small white to light yellow colored flowers 

Flowers give a fragrance like cinnamon  

Care for a string of dolphins: 

Dolphin plants require well-drained soil hence more resistant to drought and even cold environments. Fortunately, when grown indoors, it thrives well on average home temperatures and humidity levels. 

It prefers cold temperatures than required by average succulents but too much cold leads to frost, and it will kill plants. They tolerate winter temperatures as low as 40 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius). 

Just like other succulents members Give it bright, indirect light and don’t let it get too dry.

7: String Of Turtles

Scientifically known as Peperomia prostrata, but commonly called String of turtles is a slow-growing long-living succulent member belonging to the family Piperaceae. It is native to the rainforests of Brazil. It has small, dark green to blue leaves with bulls depicted on them, this peculiar leaf’s nature gives a unique turtle-like look to the plant.


It blooms all year round.

A string of turtles produces insignificant flowers ( this plant is well known because of leaves that’s why people prefer to remove leaves) that are small, white spike-like but unlikely without fragrance. 

Care for a string of turtles:

Unlike other members of succulents, Peperomia usually prefers cold to warm, humid and moist soil. direct sunlight is injurious to it, but indirect light /low light or partial shade should be given.


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Tips For Growing String Plants:

  • Succulents are very easier to grow ( require less care), as they generally require less water because they grow on the same type of soil (well-drained). Why they are so, the answer is most succulents store water and usually have a thick, fleshy leaf or bulb of some kind.
  • They love sunlight and grow vigorously in bright-lit areas where they can walk in 4-6 hours of light daily. It also means they can spend a lot of time without water. “They need more water during the summer months, which is the duration of their active growth, and less during the rest of the winter. “During these active summer months, keep the soil moist but not wet (make soil dry in between periods of watering). In winter, water only once when the soil is completely dry.”
  • If you become unaware of / unsure of your watering schedule, look towards the behavior of leaves for signs of hydration.  Wilted leaves in summer may indicate dehydration. Yellowish discoloration means you are probably giving more water. The best thing you can do is invest in a breathable, self-extinguishing vessel to prevent the roots from sinking. The succulents don’t like to have ‘wet feet, so make sure there is no standing water in the pot. 
  • You can get a vine look at plants of your own choice. When you don’t get just cut some branches/ strings and propagate on your own. It’s very easy to spread a lot of strings of succulents, making it a good choice to expand your own collection or share it with friends.

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