String of Dolphins

“The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies.” – Gertrude Jekyll

The world of succulents is vast and vibrant, offering an array of plants that captivate with their intriguing forms and hardy nature. Among them, one that stands out for its unique dolphin-shaped foliage is the Senecio String of Dolphins. A natural hybrid of string of pearls and candle plant, this charming succulent is sure to add a touch of whimsy to your indoor garden.

The succulent, named for its resemblance to a playful pod of leaping dolphins, features elegant trails of curved leaves. Each leaf appears to leap in unison, much like a dolphin would in the ocean’s waves, adding an unexpected hint of marine life to your home. The silver-blue leaves, coupled with the dainty white flowers that bloom in spring and exude a sweet cinnamon-like aroma, render the Senecio String of Dolphins a must-have for any succulent lover.


Common NameSenecio String of Dolphins
Scientific NameSenecio peregrinus
OriginNative to South Africa
Leaves ColourSilver-blue
SunlightPartial Sunlight
Soil TypeWell-draining, sandy soil
Water RequirementsLow (Typical of succulents, requires watering only when the soil is dry)
Maximum HeightTrails can reach up to 4-5 feet long

Types of Plant

The Senecio String of Dolphins, as a specific variety, doesn’t have further classified species. Its unique characteristic of dolphin-shaped leaves is what sets it apart from other Senecio varieties.

Plant Care: Sunlight, Watering, Soil, and Repotting

Sunlight Needs

These succulents prefer plenty of bright but indirect sunlight. An east or west-facing window would be an ideal spot. Too much direct sunlight can lead to sunburned leaves.

Water Needs

As with most succulents, the String of Dolphins is drought-tolerant. Water thoroughly and allow the soil to dry out completely before watering again to prevent root rot.

Soil Type

A well-draining, sandy soil mix is ideal for this plant. Consider a cactus or succulent mix to provide adequate drainage.


Repotting every two years in a container slightly larger than its current one would suffice. This also provides an opportunity to refresh the soil and remove any dead or rotten roots.

Common Problems and Remedies


Overwatering is the most common problem for succulents. Signs include yellowing or mushy leaves. If this happens, reduce watering frequency.

Insufficient Light

If your plant is stretching out or the leaves are spaced out, it might not be getting enough light. Move it to a brighter location.


Mealybugs can be a problem. If noticed, treat the plant with a cotton swab dipped in alcohol.

Best Places for Plant Decor in Your Home

In a Home Office

Adding a String of Dolphins to your home office not only brings a touch of nature indoors but also can help reduce stress and increase productivity.

In a Sewing Room

Its cascading growth habit makes it a beautiful addition to a sewing room, adding a touch of serenity to the creative chaos.

On a Patio Table

Outdoor, it can add charm to your patio table. Ensure it’s in a spot that receives bright but indirect light.


The Senecio String of Dolphins, with its unique dolphin-shaped leaves, is a delightful addition to any indoor garden. Its easy-care nature and intriguing appearance make it a great choice for both novice and experienced gardeners.

Whether it’s enhancing your home office’s ambiance or adorning your patio table, this succulent never fails to impress. Even a place like the entrance of your house can be brought to life with this mesmerising plant. It’s like having a slice of the ocean, right in your indoor house garden! Enjoy the rewarding journey of planting indoors with this charming succulent, and let it create a soothing, indoor zen garden-like atmosphere for you.

Remember, gardening is not just about the destination – it’s about everything you discover along the way. And with the Senecio String of Dolphins, there’s so much to discover!

So, are you ready to invite these little dolphins to your indoor garden family?

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