Silver Dollar Plant

Xerosicyos danguyi

Family: Cucurbitaceae (koo-ker-bih-TAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Xerosicyos (zer-oh-SIS-eye-os) (Info)
Species: danguyi (DAN-guy-ee) (Info)


Vines and Climbers

Cactus and Succulents

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

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10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

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:

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)


Bloom Time:

Mid Spring


Grown for foliage



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Highgrove, California

Perris, California

Reseda, California

San Diego, California (2 reports)

Santa Barbara, California

Valencia, California

Vista, California

Miami, Florida

Tallahassee, Florida

Richmond, Texas

Brady, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 18, 2014, mastrclndr from Valencia, CA wrote:

I bought this plant at a succulent society show at a So Cal Arboretum. I've had it for several years now. It has proved to be a very tenacious little plant, as it is still sitting in the same 4" plastic pot, half the dirt is missing from tipping over, and it has sat outdoors and indoors with abject neglect. I literally have done next to nothing for it except to stand the pot upright on occasion, sprinkle a little water in it's direction on occasion, and trim off damaged branches . . it continues to grow in spite of my neglect. I am going to start taking care of it now, to see what it'll do.
I'm in zone 9b


On Aug 21, 2014, plantajijic from ajijic,
Mexico wrote:

Recently moved to Ajijic, Mexico. Left all my plants in the US. Visited a nursery here and found this interesting plant. Starting a new collection.


On Aug 27, 2006, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I adore this plant, especially its perfectly circular leaves. Grown in a pot as an indoor plant. Totally low maint. Have never tried to propagate. I would consider it a slow to moderate grower.


On Feb 28, 2006, terraverte from Tallahassee, FL wrote:

Xerosicyos danguyi grows quite well in Tallahassee, Florida. Its prolific dangling leafy branches grow well in all seasons, through growth is stunted during winter. I am growing it in a cone shaped terra-cotta pot which hangs in the corner of my porch, which allows its branches to cascade towards the ground. I have also taken cuttings from the plant, which grow easily once left to callous for several days and then planted in succulent soil.


On Jan 30, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a really cool looking succulent vine from Madagascar that unfortunately I didn't have a lot of luck with outdoors until I moved to a really hot climate. Survived 6 years, but tough in zone 9b unless grown against a southwest facing wall (where mine is now and doing great). It has cylidrical skinny stems, tiny tendrils like a lot of vines do, and the most wonderful, curious completely circular pea-green leaves that look a lot like mints about 1" in diameter all over the plant. Needs to be planted next to something it can grow on or will look messy after a while.

here is a link to an article I wrote on this plant for Davesgarden: read more