rosary bead plant

momo413January 19, 2006

anyone familiar with the rosary bead plant? It has the most adorable tiny little leaves.

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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

They are an interesting looking plant aren't they?? I recently found a S African nursery that listed 12 members to the family. Have never heard of any of
One of the most interesting was Ceropegia ampullata, "Birdcage vine" also known as "Bushman's pipe"
I must find one of those!!

    Bookmark   January 20, 2006 at 5:45AM
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I am tryint to root a cutting that my mother gave to me. It has been in water for three weeks. Any tips on care for this plant?

    Bookmark   January 20, 2006 at 11:19AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I would think that you would be much more successful if you rooted some cuttings on top of a nice little pot of good potting mix. Just lay the cuttings along the surface, and pin the stems to the soil with a broken toothpick or similar. They root VERY easily, though I am not certain that this would be the ideal time. Rooting plants in soil is actually extremely easy, and this is just one example of one that pretty much roots itself.

I assume, by the way, that you are referring to what is more typically called 'String of Pearls' or 'String of Beads', right? Common names can be confusing.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   January 20, 2006 at 12:52PM
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I am confused about what plant we are talking about. Is it a string of hearts (ceropegia woodii) or is it a string of pearls (Senecio rowleyanus). Although it probably doesn't matter which one you have, Rhizo's advice will work for both. Both of these plants are succulents and usually succulents do not root well in water. It is my experience that most succulents root better in soil.

Anyway, good luck with your propagation. Either plant is a fun plant to have.


    Bookmark   January 20, 2006 at 5:51PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Hi Gary,

FYI, if I'm not mistaken the Cerogpegia you're referring to aka as "Bushman's Pipe" is correctly called C. ampliata. Just in case you're searching for it, you'll need the correct spelling to find it.

A friend of mine has some (blooms every Sept. & mighty cool to look at). I've been trying to root some pieces of it since Sept.; gotta say, it's not looking great, but I'm trying!

    Bookmark   January 20, 2006 at 6:05PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Excuse me pls., that should have read CEROPEGIA in my opening line.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2006 at 6:06PM
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Mom, I was wondering which plant you meant, too..the beads, (sting of pearls) or string of hearts?
If you're interested in buying either of these plants, they sell them at They even have a variegaetd version of the string of hearts. I have both, planted in one pot. Toni

    Bookmark   January 20, 2006 at 8:17PM
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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

Pirate girl
I located some of the" Bushmans pipe" at Logees. Only source i've found in the US..I found several different spellings for the specie name, ampullatum has been the most useful. Assume it refers to the shape of the flower.??

    Bookmark   January 21, 2006 at 6:59AM
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Toni-I bet the 2 of them look cute.

Mom- if you are talking about either string of pearls or beads, or rosary vine, you can root them in cactus potting soil. Don't water them much-mist them occ since they don't get water until roots appear

When I googled rosary bead plant I got something that looked like a pea vine??

    Bookmark   January 21, 2006 at 12:00PM
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Toots, the one that looks like little round balls other name is STring of Beads, and String of Pearls.
Those w/heart shaped leaves are Sting of I have heard the strong of beads also called Rosary bead too, but that was in the 80's.
Both are slow=growing, but very pretty..The string of hearts grows a bit faster than string of beads. At lseat for me. I haven't had any luck w/string of beads a long time..I'd like to get a decent sized one instead of the small cuttings most places send. I think I let the soil dry out too much and now they're goners..Toni

    Bookmark   January 22, 2006 at 7:36PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Hi Gary,

My searches under the name you cite just yield me a message asking if I'm searching for C. Ampliata, I'm sticking w/ Ampliata. Yes, I guess the name is from the pipe shape, tho' frankly hum ... that's not what the bloom resembles to me.

Sorry, don't grow or know abt Rosary Bead plant, so can't address that.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2006 at 12:09AM
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Karen, the Rosary Vine is Ceropgia woodii..Toni

    Bookmark   January 24, 2006 at 5:34PM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Thx Toni,

But I was answering Gary's question/comment (2nd post on this thread), specifically on Ceropegia Ampliata.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2006 at 6:38PM
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fluffygrue(z8 UK)

Well, I have both Ceropegia woodii and Senecio rowleyanus, if it helps! I treat them both as succulents, but it surprises me how much the Senecio likes to drink. For the Ceropegia, it's good to pinch out the growing tips to get a bushier plant, and for the Senecio you can do similar by just poking one of the strands back into the compost and it'll root.

Senecio was incredibly easy to root, haven't tried with the Ceropegia yet.. But yes, fantastically fun plants to be growing. :)


    Bookmark   January 25, 2006 at 11:45AM
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Melanie, actually they're both succulent plants..Your soil is probably very well-draining which is better than a heavy soil that would need less watering, and a chance to get rot.
Do you have the little bulblets growing on your Ceropegia yet? I think to root babies you need the bulbs..Hopefully someone here knows the answer. Toni

    Bookmark   January 25, 2006 at 2:51PM
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hey ,im trying to root some string of pearls in soil,do i need to put a tent over it like u do cuttings when u ar erooting them?

    Bookmark   December 12, 2006 at 8:06PM
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is a rosary bead plant poisonious to cats

    Bookmark   April 21, 2011 at 9:49PM
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