Dolphin Plant, or String of Dolphins (Senecio peregrinus), is a rare variety of trailing succulent that looks like a pod of leaping dolphins. This uncommon hybrid is a cross of String of Pearls (S. rowleyanus) and Candle Plant (Senecio articulatus). It can be difficult to find and requires a bit of special care, but it is well worth the effort.
The leaves of the Dolphin Plant are fleshy, notched crescents that truly resemble dolphins. In addition to their unbelievable shape, each leaf has a translucent “leaf window”. This adaptation allows sunlight to irradiate the leaf interior and helps the plant tolerate low light conditions.
Senecio are in the Aster or Daisy family and, like daisies, they have composite blooms made up of lots of mini flowers. The petals cluster in a sphere and form a pompom of a bloom. On top of that, the flowers have a lovely cinnamon fragrance.
GROWTH & CARE
Like most succulents, Dolphin Plants thrive in well-draining soil. They can rot if over-watered, so be sure to use containers with drainage holes. Select a light, gritty soil like a cactus/succulent mix from a local garden center. You can also prevent rot by keeping the plant in a well-ventilated area.
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