Ceropegia linearis (String of Needles)

Ceropegia linearis (String of Needles)

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Scientific Name

Ceropegia linearis E. Mey.

Common Names

String of Needles


Ceropegia linearis subsp. linearis, Ceropegia caffrorum

Scientific Classification

Family: Apocynaceae
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Genus: Ceropegia


Ceropegia linearis is a semi-succulent climbing plant that produces a cluster of slender stems from a tuberous rootstock. The stems grow up to 6.6 feet (2 m) long. The tuber is up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) in diameter. Flowers are up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) long, white to pale magenta, and usually appear from late summer to early fall and last up to 6 weeks.


USDA hardiness zones 11a to 11b: from 40 °F (+4.4 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

A gritty compost is suitable, and clay pots help with drainage, especially for the species with white thickened roots and species that form large tubers. Ceropegias appreciate water and a little fertilizer during warm weather, although some watering care is required for the more delicate species. The vine-like species can suffer from prolonged drought.

Typically, many of these species grow and climb naturally among bushes, which provide shade and humidity to the base, while the vegetative growth is in the light. Where tubers occur, they are best planted on the compost's surface, and the vegetative growth allowed to twine around supports or trail down from a hanging pot. The latter mode of growth has the advantage of not using valuable bench space. Small tubers formed at joints in the thin stems of some species can be used for propagation. If the tuber rots or dries out, don't panic. As long as some of the top growth is still in reasonable condition, it may be possible to save the plant by re-rooting stems in damp gravel.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Ceropegia.


Ceropegia linearis is native to South Africa.

Subspecies and Forms

  • Ceropegia linearis subsp. woodii
  • Ceropegia linearis subsp. woodii f. variegata


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String Succulents

Many years ago in California, I purchased my first succulent plant and quickly became captivated by them.

Since then, I've never been without succulents and usually a lot of them. There have been far too many to count. Recently, I've been growing more string succulents. What are they? Exactly what the name implies. Their growth habit forms creeping strings or chains.

All string succulents display a number of similar characteristics such as pendant (downward) stems and fleshy green leaves. They make excellent specimens for indoor and outdoor hanging displays. They're also useful in vertical gardens and wall pockets.

These plants are generally alike when it comes to their care. However, they differ in appearance, stem and foliage development, form, texture, color, size and blooms. Some have an upright body whereas others have pendant stems. The stems are formed either by multiplying rows of leaves or forming a vine. These plants don't require much maintenance.

Burro’s Tail and Donkey's Tail Sedums

The Sedum genus contains many species that form pendant stems. Sedum morganianum 'Burrito' is one of these species and makes a great hanging pot succulent. It can be quite impressive when it grows many long, dense stems. Sedum 'Burrito', also called Burro’s Tail, has leaves that are aligned regularly along the stems. The leaves are blue-green, fat, fleshy, shaped like peanuts. If the plant is properly maintained, the stems will grow remarkably long. They need a gritty, fast-draining soil, occasional watering, and bright light. They won't tolerate freezing weather.

Sedum morganinum, commonly known as Donkey’s Tail and Lamb’s Tail, is an evergreen succulent originating in Southern Mexico. This species is related to Sedum 'Burrito', but the foliage has a different shape. Donkey’s Tail has longer, flatter leaves that are pointed and often slightly curled. Like Burro’s Tail, Donkey’s Tail usually has long, trailing stems. Both are very popular with succulent gardeners.

String of Pearls [Curio rowleyanus]

Curio rowleyanus is often marketed under its synonym, Senecio rowleyanus. It forms very long trailing stems that develop numbers of little round leaves the size of a pearl. In fact, it's commonly known as String of Pearls and Rosary Vine. This South African succulent can grow up to 5 feet or more if given proper care. These species thrive with lots of bright sunlight, but direct afternoon sun will burn the leaves. Younger plants like more frequent watering when compared to a mature String of Pearls. Water them from the top when the soil is completely dry. Curio rowleyanus produces attractive white flowers with red stamens. These succulents bloom once a year in the summer.

String of Hearts [Ceropegia linearis subsp. woodii]

This subspecies of Ceropegia linearis is commonly known by many names, including String of Hearts, Chain of Hearts, Rosary Vine, and Heart Vine. The heart-shaped leaves grow along the stems of the vine on strings that can reach 6-13 ft.

The evergreen plant is normally dark, smoky green with a lighter marbled pattern, but the color fades if it does not get sufficient light. It won't tolerate lengthy dry periods.

String of Dolphins [Senecio peregrinus] (my plant pictured below)

Similar to String of Bananas, this very rare succulent has leaves that bear an uncanny resemblance to a dolphin pod. As they grow, the green leaves look as though they’re leaping into the air. Senecio peregrinus leaves become even more dolphin-like the longer the vines grow.

String of Nickels [Dischidia nummularia]

The unique feature of this succulent is the light green, flat, round leaves that resemble nickels.

String of Beads [Senecio herreianis]

Similar to Curio rowleyanus, Senecio herreianus, formerly widely known as Kleinia gomphophylla, is sometimes called String of Pearls. It's extremely drought-tolerant because it stores water inside the leaves. Water sparingly and let the soil dry between waterings. This species goes dormant in winter. You can prune long stems in early spring when the growing season begins.

Senecio herreianus is very similar to String of Pearls but has a more compact form and the shape of the leaves look like different sizes of beads or grapes.

String of Bananas [Senecio radicans]

String of Bananas is another popular string succulent that makes the perfect hanging plant. Like the other Senecios, it's very easy to cultivate at home and hard to kill.

Since these species are related to String of Pearls, they form a similar type of body. Instead of pearls, Senecio radicans has unusual leaves shaped like miniature bananas. The tendrils are vibrant green when grown in bright sunlight. Flowers of these succulents are small, white or off-white, and fragrant. They can bloom more than once a year if encouraged to do so.

Hindu Rope [Hoya carnosa]

Hoya has unique foliage. Common names are Hindu Rope and Wax Plant. Hoya carnosa 'Compacta' has curling leaves that develop around the stem of the vine. Every year balls of little pink or white flowers are produced from the stem.

While not all Hoyas are succulent plants, Hoya succulents need a little more moisture when growing. Native to India, they thrive in warm, humid environments.

Rat Tail Cactus [Aporocactus flagelliformis]

Aporocactus flagelliformis originated in Mexico. The stems are entirely covered with tiny, thin spines that give the surface a fuzzy look. They produce abundant large, bright magenta flowers along the stems.

Peanut Cactus [Echinopsis chamaecereus]

A peanut cactus will quickly cover the surface of the soil in its pot. The body stores water and produces numerous stems with rounded tips. These elongate and will trail from the pot or basket. Flowers of these cacti are shaped like large daisies and have an intense orange color.

Monkey’s Tail [Hildewintera colademononis]

I've just started growing this striking cactus with long, hairy spines covering the plant much like a fur coat. At maturity, the elongated stems can reach a length of eight feet. These cacti need porous soil, only occasional watering, and ample sun.

Agnes, the Ceropegia linearis (String of Needles)

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Meet Agnes! Her needles are always threaded and she wields them with fierce confidence. String of needles at the ready: Sew the button! Darn the sock! Patch the jeans! Agnes challenges you to be mindful of the sustainability of your wardrobe. Because mending matters.

-Related to the String of Hearts
-This plant is sensitive to overwatering, let the top inch of soil dry between waterings
-Thrives in a very bright location.
-Non toxic to humans and pets.
-Skill Level: Intermediate

This plant ships as a 1″ fully rooted starter plant, as shown in the second photo. It will come wrapped in moss and tucked in a growers pot for safety. The terra cotta pot with the mature plant, shown in the first photo, is not included.

If you order multiple plants, we put them together in one pot so they stay moist longer. If you think we haven't sent the full order, please take out the plants from the pot first to count them.

Ceropegia Woodii: Grow A String Of Hearts

Hearts entangled, indeed! Ceropegia woodii is known by many different names. Sweetheart vine, string of hearts, or even the rosary vine are but a few. And it’s a sweet plant indeed!

Its heart-shaped leaves and distinctive flowers are popular in hanging baskets. Indoor growers will love this plant, as it’s an easy grower with partial lighting. Distinctive in color, it stands out from other trailing vines.

Let’s discuss the details of growing chain of hearts plant. You’ll love this unusual and stunning showpiece!

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