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Curio citriformis - String of Tears

Curio citriformis - String of Tears

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Due to the high stock levels of this plant, you most likely will not receive the plant pictured. We do promise to hand-select plants of equal or better quality for your order.

Scientific Name

Curio citriformis (G.D.Rowley) P.V.Heath

Common Name(s)

String of Tears, String of Lemons


Senecio citriformis

Scientific Classification

Family: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Asteroideae
Tribe: Senecioneae
Subtribe: Senecioninae
Genus: Curio


This species is native to South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland.


Curio citriformis, formerly known as Senecio citriformis, is a beautiful succulent with unique teardrop-shaped leaves on erect or procumbent, up to 4 inches (10 cm) long stems. Leaves are soft green to deep green with translucent longitudinal stripes and a waxy coating. They are up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long and up to 0.3 inches (0.8 cm) in diameter. Small heads of creamy-yellow flowers appear on thin, up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall, wiry stalks from late summer to winter.

How to Grow and Care for Curio citriformis

Light: Keep Curio plants in partial shade if outdoors, which is their preference in summer, and bright sunlight if indoors. They will grow in full shade but will become lank and leggy.

Soil: These plants prefer well-draining soil. For growing Curio indoors, it is essential to use a container with at least one drainage hole at the bottom.

Hardiness: Curio citriformis can withstand temperatures as low as 30 to 50 °F (-1.1 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b.

Watering: Curio plants are drought tolerant, but the soil should never be left dry for too long. They need some water during the growing season but be careful not to leave the soil wet for prolonged periods.

Fertilizing: The members of this genus can take a bit more fertilizer than other succulents if you want them to grow fast.

Repotting: You do not need to repot Curio plants often. You can do it when you see that the container becomes too small or shallow.

Propagation: These plants can be grown from seeds or cuttings.

Toxicity of Curio citriformis

Curio plants are toxic. Grow them with great care if you have children, pets, or livestock.

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Shipping information

All plants are shipped bare-root unless otherwise noted. Orders ship Monday-Friday each week. Please allow 1-3 business days for your order to be processed. We ship within the USA and its outlying territories ONLY.

Plant Appearance & Sizing

Plant sizing is based on the diameter of the nursery pot (2", 2.5", 3", 4" etc), not the plant itself. Plants may be slightly larger or smaller than the pot they are grown in, depending on availability or time of year. While we do our best to ship plants as similar to those pictured as possible, please keep in mind that all plants are unique from one to the next and display color, shape, and growth variation based on the current environment, time of year, and other contributing factors. Please note that we ship our plants as dry as possible in the fall and winter months to prevent root rot or freezing. They will plump back up after planting!

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