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PlantFiles: String of Bananas, String of Pearls, Banana Vine, Necklace Plant
Senecio radicans

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Senecio (sen-ek-ee-o ) (Info)
Species: radicans (RAD-ee-kans) (Info)

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42 members have or want this plant for trade.

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9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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6 positives
4 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral anneberg1 On Jan 17, 2015, anneberg1 from Saint Louis, MO wrote:

My Senecio radcans bananas are drying out near the soil. I tried to let the soil dry out in between watering and I also tried keeping the soil fairly moist. What should I do?

Positive JimiKrackKorn On Sep 30, 2013, JimiKrackKorn from Venice, CA wrote:

Does anyone know how long this plant will grow in a container? I keep having raise the pot I have mine in because it grows quicker than most succulents I own. When it was purchased in March, plant was about 12" and is now almost 14' . Its amazing.

Neutral oddiebaby On Feb 28, 2009, oddiebaby from Robbins, NC wrote:

Can I grow this in a container pot,it will be outside for the summers in N.C.?
Also,does it take the same care as string of pearls?Is it hardyer than string of pearls?

Positive tambo49 On Sep 22, 2008, tambo49 from Swannanoa, NC wrote:

I have a 6" pot of sting of bananas and I've enjoyed this plant so much. It is a BIG conversation plant for my area and very low maintenance. I have shared cuttings with several of my friends and that delights me as well as the plant. It loves to be shared!! Each time it is cut it grows 3-4 stems to replace the one I have removed! tambo49

Positive Kenotia On Apr 9, 2007, Kenotia from Bedford, TX wrote:

Easy to grow, and will put up with a lot. Smells slightly evergreen, and makes pleasant additions to hanging collection. Beware of putting this outside; I've had birds strip the 'bananas' off an entire established plant in less than a week.

Positive CaptMicha On Jun 7, 2005, CaptMicha from Brookeville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

My plant has put up with a lot of abuse: mealy bugs, not watering enough, insecticide burn, not enough light, etc. but nothing really phases it.

String of bananas appreciate a "hair cut" once in a while.

Repotting is cumbersome because roots are shallow. You also have to hold the strings near the base of the plant which gets all the strings tangled together because of the beads.

Positive Happenstance On Aug 23, 2003, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

'String of Bananas' - Very easy to grow, easily propagated from cuttings/seed. Looks like tiny green bananas with windows. White flower shown in detail photo. Less common than Senecio rowleyanus - String of Pearls

Positive ohmysweetpjs On Apr 5, 2003, ohmysweetpjs from Brookeville, MD wrote:

No care plant. I water about once a week. It roots very easily and the blooms are pretty though I understand that's not what the plant is grown for. I'm not very into foliage plants but this has got to be one of my favorites.

Neutral Robynski On Jan 1, 2003, Robynski wrote:

Took a stem cutting from a friend and started in water on west-facing windowsill. Roots sprouted after 3-4 weeks. Changed water once a week.

Neutral pinkphal On Oct 8, 2001, pinkphal wrote:

Grown as a houseplant, the String of Pearls seems to prefer the light exposure of a Western window. To propagate, take a strand of pearls and lay it on the soil, burying the lower section of the strand in the soil. Water very lightly until new growth appears.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Centre, Alabama
Phoenix, Arizona
Bonsall, California
Brea, California
Clayton, California
Fairfield, California
Fremont, California
Los Angeles, California
San Diego, California
San Dimas, California
San Marcos, California
Santa Maria, California
Van Nuys, California
Venice, California
Vista, California
Arvada, Colorado
Bradenton Beach, Florida
Brandon, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2 reports)
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Lake Mary, Florida
Lutz, Florida
New Port Richey, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Hawkinsville, Georgia
Metter, Georgia
Deridder, Louisiana
Greenwell Springs, Louisiana
Hammond, Louisiana
Tonawanda, New York
Winston Salem, North Carolina
West Linn, Oregon
Leesville, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Beaumont, Texas
Bedford, Texas
Deer Park, Texas
Lockhart, Texas
Porter, Texas
San Angelo, Texas
Saint George, Utah
Kalama, Washington
Roosevelt, Washington

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