Ceropegia has many interesting varieties. Ceropegia woodii, also known as, “rosary vine” and “string of hearts” is very popular house plant. Find helpful facts and information on growing and caring for Ceropegia varieties.
Rosary plants are one of a hundred species cultivated as house plants. It is a plant belonging to the same family as hoya, of the milkweed family, Asclepiadaceae. "String of pearls" is often used to describe the trailing threadlike stems of the Ceropegia variety.
Ceopegia woodii is a small vine with leaves in pairs on short petioles rising from a tuberous base. Its leaves are heart-shaped, thick and succulent, about two-thirds of an inch long. The surface of the leaf is dark green, with whitish veins. The little tubers that form form the trailing stems are used to start new plants. Flowers are small, dull pink or purplish in color, and are not showy, but have a very interesting structure. It grows best in pots and thrives in low intensity lighting with atmospheric moisture.
Rosary vine can be displayed attractively with its drooping, trailing growth in samll exotic containers on a shelf or as a hanging basket.
Ceropegia Varieties (Better suited for greenhouses)
Ceropegia debilis from Nyasaland, a threadlike vine with with cordlike roots and linear leaves. The flowers are greenish, marked with purple.
Ceropegia dichotoma, an erect form that comes from the Canary Islands. It is a succulent with jointed forked green stems and scattered linear leaves. Its yellow flowers are interesting and attractive.
Ceropegia fusca from the Canary Islands also is an upright, succulent shrub similar to C dichotoma. Its forked, cylindrical columns appear to be restricted at joints which are gray to purplish in color. The flowers are brown and yellow.
Ceropegia barkleyi from Cape Province is a slender vine with cormlike roots similar in growth habit to C woodii. Succulent leaves with silver-white veins and flowers greenish veined with purple.
Ceropegia elegans is a trailing vinelike plant India. Its leaves are oval-shaped, not succulent. Flowers are tubelike or expanded funnel shape. The color is whitish blotched with purple with top lobes united in the center and edged with long, dark hairs.
Moisture: Dry. Follow by a good drenching. In winter, water only occasionally to keep the leaves from shrieveling.
Propagation: Take stem cuttings with tuberlike roots attached and repot.
Potting: Use shallow pots of large proportion because of its surface rooting habit.
Fertilizer: water-soluble fertilizer solution applied once in three to four months. Do not feed in winter.
Pests and diseases: None
Pruning: Seldom needs pruning. Any trimmings that may have tubers attached may be used to start new plants.