Dolphin Plant, or String of Dolphins (Senecio peregrinus), is a rare succulent variety that looks like a pod of leaping dolphins. This uncommon hybrid is a cross of String of Pearls (S. rowleyanus) and Candle Plant (S. articulatus). It can be difficult to find and requires a bit of special care, but it is well worth the effort.
Dolphin Plant is one of the “string” succulents, which grow long, vine-like stems that can reach 1.0′ to 3.0′ long. In the wild, these Senecio varieties creep along as a ground cover, but they really shine in a hanging pot where they can create a dense cascade of greenery.
The leaves of the Dolphin Plant are fleshy, notched crescents that truly resemble dolphins. In addition to their unbelievable shape, each leaf has a wide, translucent “leaf window” running lengthwise. 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, their flowers have lots of narrow white petals. The petals are clustered in a sphere and form a pompom of a bloom. Even better, the flowers have a lovely cinnamon fragrance.
How to take care of dolphin succulents
Succulents are adapted to dry climates and tolerate periods of drought. Dolphin succulents, however, thrives with a bit more frequent watering than most succulents. Be sure to drench thoroughly enough for water to run out the pot’s drainage hole (no misting) and then allow the soil to dry.
Like most succulents, Dolphin Plants thrive in well-draining soil. They can rot if overwatered, so be sure to use containers with drainage holes in the bottom. Select a 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.
String of Dolphins is a “soft succulent”, meaning that it is not frost hardy. It does best when kept between 50F and 80F, so know your Grow Zone, watch your daily minimum and maximum temperatures, and bring this dolphin indoors when the weather is anything but mild.
Dolphin Plants need sunlight, but thanks to their leaf windows they can tolerate slightly less light than some non-green succulent varieties. To strike the right balance, try placing it outdoors in the shade or indoors near a sunny window. Watch for signs of Too Little Light and Too Much Light, and adjust as necessary. Dolphin Plants also grow well under a T-5 fluorescent or LED Grow Light.
Where to buy Dolphin succulents
Due to the fact that dolphin succulent is a cross variety, it’s not a very common plant and can be difficult to find. However on Banggood.com you can purchase your dolphin succulents and get it delivered to your doorstep.
Succulents have never been more in style than they are right now. So low maintenance, succulents make great houseplants for gardeners of any age to learn how to nurture their green thumbs. Go purchase a dolphin succulents as it can make your garden the talk of town.