Curio Species, Banana Vine, Necklace Plant, String of Bananas, String of Pearls

Curio radicans

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Curio
Species: radicans (RAD-ee-kans) (Info)
Synonym:Senecio radicans



Cactus and Succulents

Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade


Grown for foliage


Provides Winter Interest

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


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)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual

Suitable for growing in containers


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Centre, Alabama

Phoenix, Arizona

Bonsall, California

Brea, California

Clayton, California

Corona, California

Fairfield, California

Fremont, California

Los Angeles, California

Murrieta, 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

Land O Lakes, 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

Norman, Oklahoma

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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 16, 2021, Hannahb340 from Norman, OK wrote:

I love this succulent! It has been growing about 2 feet away from a West facing window for about 8 months now. After almost losing the plant due to my lack of watering, this plant has taken off with weekly waterings. In 8 months it has grown more than 6 inches in length and produced new strings as well. It likes to be watered on a more consistent schedule than many of my other succulents and it is sure to let you know when it is time to water by the shriveled bananas. Super easy to create a fuller plant by draping the plant back over the pot so that new roots can form near nodes.


On Jun 27, 2017, Edward_in_Oz from Sydney,
Australia (Zone 10a) wrote:

Easiest plant, can take a bit of neglect in its stride. Grown outdoors here in Sydney Australia (cool subtropical winter with some heavy rain periods, hot dry summer intense sun with occasional heavy rain storms). I grow mine undercover but north facing so very bright indirect light, avoid summer sun. Water weekly in summer then gradually less until 4 weekly in the coldest months. Allow soil to dry between watering. Gradually increase watering in spring till weekly again. Though to be quite frank I can let it go for weeks without water in any season and it doesn't care. A little highly diluted fertilizer in spring. Best kept in hanging pots on its own, I've seen it get out of control in the ground!


On Mar 20, 2015, realityfaery from Delano, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Last year my grandmother was thinning out her plant collection and gave me some of these in her pots. Not being too familiar with succulents I just treated it like my other plants. It took off! It even made its way into the neighboring flowerbed from its pot. Since moving I transplanted it into a hanging pot to get full view of it. It hangs 8' off the ground and its dangling about 4'. Every once and a while I clip it when its getting long and toss the pieces in the flowerbed below to let it establish itself there too. I'm highly impressed with this succulent. I've even started putting clippings in other hanging pots to get the same lovely cascade.


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?


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.


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?


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.