With all the "string of things" that exist out there, we wanted to create a breakdown of the different varieties of String of Hearts, specifically, that are available on the market at this time. Although beautiful in a similar way, with their subtle differences it is clear that they are all unique. This guide will help sort out some of the confusion within the Ceropegia genus because this is a genus that you certainly want to have one of each of. A wall of healthy, lush, mature String of Hearts varieties sounds like a great idea to us!
String of Hearts
Known under the common name of String of Hearts, Ceropegia woodii varieties are beautiful, trailing houseplants within the Apocynaceae family, native to Africa, southern Asia, and Australia. The delicate, usually heart-shaped foliage and slender vines have given them their other common nicknames, such as Rosary Vine, Sweetheart Vine, Necklace Vine, Lantern Flower, and more. They produce waxy, fountain-like flowers of different forms, depending on the variety, and do so quite easily, as long as they are kept in bright light.
The classic String of Hearts plant, with its mottled green and silver leaves, is incredibly popular, but their stunning foliage makes it obvious as to why. The confusion occurs when other varieties enter the conversation, producing slightly different variegation, different colourings, or different leaf shapes. That's what our guide is for though, so keep reading to find out the key distinctions between the varieties (and one bonus variety) so that you can find out which plants you have and which ones you need to add to your collection!
C. woodii is mainly broken down into the following varieties: the original C. woodii, C. woodii variegata, C. woodii 'Silver Glory', and C. woodii 'Durban'. **There are, of course, more varieties of Ceropegia, or even C. woodii, but these are the most readily available on the market today. Even though they are the most common, and often the most confusing since there are some similarities, they are also quite different in their own ways. Let's break down each variety, based on colouring, variegation type, leaf shape, texture, and more:
The original variety, that almost every houseplant enthusiast has had in their collection at one point or another, is the classic String of Hearts. With small, heart-shaped leaves, no two of which are identical, the rich, dark green and silver veining (or mottling) provide a stunning contrast to the burgundy undersides and stems.
One of the most unique varieties is the Variegated String of Hearts. With foliage similar to the common C. woodii, in shape and feel, this variety has leaves with silver markings along with gorgeous pink and cream variegation. The purple hues of the stems add another beautiful element and, the brighter the light this plant is kept in, the stronger the pink colouring.
Another fantastic plant to add to your collection is the String of Hearts 'Silver Glory'. With similar burgundy stems and thick leaves, this variety actually has apple-shaped (or dare we say butt-shaped) leaves, rather than the classic heart shape. It earned its name from the strong, silver variegation covering the majority of each leaf, with just a thin line of dark green on the edges.
Bonus entry: Ceropegia linearis. Although not a part of the C. woodii groupings of plants, C. linearis is included here because it is quite easy to find on the market and has the exact same care routine as well as a similar look.
Now that we have outlined the most popular or readily available Ceropegia varieties, you can start identifying what you have and figuring out what they need. Below, you can find a quick care guide that goes over the basic care instructions for these stunning houseplants, as they are quite simple to care for and enjoy.
String of Hearts Care Guide
The Ceropegia genus clearly holds plenty of beautiful varieties of strings of things, the most popular of which is the String of Hearts. Besides the classic variety, there are so many interesting variations, with unique colourings and leaf shapes, that are also great additions to any plant collection. We hope this short article clears up any questions you may have had about the differences between these beautiful houseplants. No matter how similar the different varieties look, they all have their own slightly different growth pattern or variegation, so owning one is not owning them all!