Herbs Plant Plant A String of Hearts Ceropegia Woodii

A String of Hearts Ceropegia Woodii

Hearts entangled, indeed! Ceropegia woodii is known by many different names. Sweetheart vine, string of hearts, or even the rosary vine is just a few of them. And it is indeed a sweet plant!

Its heart-shaped leaves and distinctive flowers are popular in hanging baskets. Indoor growers will love this plant because it is easy to grow with partial lighting. Striking in color, it stands out from other trailing vines.

All about the Rosary vine

Ceropegia woodii was first discovered by John Medley Wood in 1881. In 1894 he sent a sample to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Since then, it has become a popular houseplant!

For this plant, a variety of names is becoming common. The heart chain, the rosary vine, the heart chain, the hearts on a string, the tangled hearts, the heart necklace and the Treasure vine are all used. But these all refer to the same plant!

The stems have a purple tint, as do the undersides of the heart-shaped leaves. The upperside is dark green, often with bluish-white or silvery markings. Aerial tubers called bulbils can form along the stems. White in color, the bulbs resemble small beads, which may have given the name of “rosary vine”.

Its tubular flowers are awesome and distinctive to see. They are vase-shaped and have a bulb at one end from which a purplish-pink tube extends. Five hairy petal-shaped extensions of a darker purple hue extend from the top of the flower. These are quite striking and definitely attract attention!

It is native to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Swaziland and was originally discovered by rocks. This trailing trend in the form of a curtain makes it the perfect plant for hanging displays. The vines can reach extreme lengths, but on average are at least 4 feet long.

The Treasure vine is considered an evergreen plant in the subtropics or tropics. Indoors, it also remains evergreen as long as it is in the appropriate temperature range.

Plant Care Ceropegia Woodii

As long as you don’t water your plant too much, there is a good chance that it will continue to grow. The heart necklace is an indulgent plant and is ideal for beginners. But let’s think about what gives you fabulous flowers and breathtaking vines!


The lighting of your Ceropegia woodii is variable. Most of the time it works well in bright but indirect indoor lighting. With abundant lighting, the leaves have a dark color with obvious patterns. Lower lighting conditions result in paler, bright green leaves. Aim for 3 to 4 hours of bright light, either direct sunlight or bright indirect light, as a baseline.

It can adapt to partial outdoor solar conditions in summer. First you need to harden the plant to the outdoor climate. Gradually increase direct sunlight to avoid sunburned leaves. The rosary plant tolerates full sun as long as it does not burn – aim for afternoon shade in very hot climates.

Outdoor cultivation should only be carried out at constant temperatures above 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Your heart chain plant does not like cooler temperatures because it is a tropical species. Zones 10 and 11 are the only climate that can grow outdoors all year round.

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