Senecio rowleyanus is cultivated at home as an ampelous plant and characterized by unpretentiousness and rapid growth.
In its natural habitat in South Africa, this succulent grows in poor, rocky soil, rooting as groundcover-like shoots grow.
Long stems with modified green leaves are a distinguishing trait and remarkable beauty of the plant. Long strands with strung beads appear to hang from a flower pot.
A thin, transparent band runs along the leaves to allow light into the leaf for photosynthesis. At the same time, the spherical shape reduces surface area, protecting the leaf from extreme heat and minimizing moisture loss.
The plant shoots are thin, nearly filiform, and remarkably sturdy for such a delicate succulent, with whips up to 24 in (60 cm) long and up to 40 in (100 cm) long in older plants.