Senecio rowleyanus, most commonly called string-of-pearls or string-of-beads, is a flowering plant in the family Asteraceae. It is native to southwest Africa.
S. rowleyanus grows long, trailing stems of spherical leaves or beads. The flowers are pale and brushlike. It is cultivated indoors as an ornamental plant for hanging baskets. The fleshy leaves are poisonous and should not be eaten. Succulent plants are among the hardiest, most drought tolerant botanicals. They are extremely easy to maintain. They should have proper drainage to thrive.
When they arrived from Canada and I opened the box and was immediately hit with a scent that I hadn't smelled since childhood. The blossoms on the plant have the very distinct smell of black Necco candies. The wafer, chalky candy was something we use to see at the corner candy store when visiting my Aunt Kay's house in the Bridesburg section of Philadelphia. I couldn't stop smelling the flowers. Wonderful memories came flooding back. It's amazing a little succulent plant can have a major impact on someone's day. Think i'll take one home.