My creative workbook

Christine de Beer Floral Lifestyle Design

Ceropegia woodii

The trailing vine is an evergreen succulent that can grow up to 4 meters in length. It has beautiful heart shaped leaves spaced out to look like a string of beads.

Ceropegia woodii - Rosary vine,  Chain of Hearts, Collar of hearts and String of hearts

Pompon Chrysanthemum pom-poms and strands of Rosary vine for my floral lariat necklace in the Canadian Florist Magazine

Common name:

Rosary vine, Chain of Hearts, Collar of hearts and String of hearts


South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe


Leaves are variegated or either deep green or pale green (underside pinkish to bright purple) depending on the amount of sunlight the plant is exposed to and the flowers are white or purple in colour


New varieties have been selected but mostly for their beauty as houseplants rather than for the cut flower industry.

Vase life:

As a pot plant the trailing stems will continue to grow and develop side shoots. Cut for design work the leaves will last as long as most succulents without water and will root if designed in water over time.




The leaves look fantastic in detailed work. Long trailing stems add movement and can also be used to bind stems.


Most designers grow the plants and cut the long strings as needed. Water the plant only when dry and do not allow the plant to stand in water. Keep the plant in a warm area (above 15’C) and in partial shade.

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Christine de Beer

This is my ongoing creative workbook to research and capture design projects and techniques. You will mostly find ideas for floral art but I will also include some other projects such as gift packaging, cards and even cake decorating with a few lifestyle projects arranged in between.

Everything you see in this workbook was designed, made and photographed by me, unless specific credit is given to another designer.