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Othonna Capensis ‘Ruby Necklace’

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Othonna capensis, commonly known as the Ruby Necklace or Little Pickles plant, is a succulent species that is native to the Cape region of South Africa. It is a member of the Asteraceae family, which includes sunflowers, daisies, and asters.

The Ruby Necklace plant has long, trailing stems that can grow up to 2 feet in length and are covered with small, cylindrical leaves that are a deep green color. The leaves of the Ruby Necklace have a slightly translucent quality and are filled with water-storing cells that give the plant its succulent nature. When exposed to bright sunlight, the leaves can take on a ruby red color, which is where the plant gets its common name of "Ruby Necklace."

In the summer, the Ruby Necklace produces small, yellow, daisy-like flowers that are arranged in clusters on the stems. The Ruby Necklace flowers are not particularly showy, but they do add a pop of color to the plant's trailing stems.

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Botanical Name: Othonna Capensis
  • Common Name: Ruby Necklace, String of Pickles
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Native Range: South Africa

Ed's Care Guide

  • Care Level: Easy
  • Light: Prefers bright light to full sun
  • Water: Water thoroughly and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings 
  • Humidity: average room humidity
  • Temperature: 65-85F
  • Pruning: Prune as needed to remove brown or dead leaves and control growth
  • Feeding: 1/2 strength cactus fertilizer bi-weekly during spring and summer
  • Growth: Vining/Trailing/Hanging
  • Propagation: Stem Cuttings, can use water or soil
  • Pests: Look out for mealybugs, spider mites, and scale insect
  • Toxicity: Toxic to humans and pets