Othonna Capensis ‘Ruby Necklace’


 thonna Capensis is most commonly known as a ‘Ruby Necklace’ plant, although some refer to it as a ‘String of Pickles’ so it totally still counts! These are closely related to the Senecio genus that’s home to strings of pearls, bananas and dolphins, so you can expect the care requirements to be generally the same- as much light as possible while allowing the soil to dry between waterings. You’ll know this plant is stressed or unhappy when the natural and encouraged ruby color of it’s stems travels to the leaves, but other than that it’s an extremely easy plant to care for 

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Botanical Name: Othonna Capensis
  • Pronunciation: oh-THON-uh ka-PEN-sis
  • 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