May 31, 2022
Silver Dollar Vine
Hey Plant Friends!
This week we are talking about the Xerosicyos danguyi, more commonly known as silver dollar vine. This succulent is native to Southwestern Madagascar and belongs to the Cucurbitaceae plant family which mostly consists of squash, cucumber, and zucchini. How strange is that?! Xerosicyos actually means dry cucumber. You’ll notice that when this plant climbs it puts out tendrils to grip and grab just as a cucumber does. We love the silvery-green foliage of this once hard to find plant. This is a very low maintenance, easy to care for plant. Great for beginners!
Let’s talk about care. Silver dollar vine will do best in full sun; the sunniest spot in your house is where this plant will want to reside. Watering will be the easiest part of caring for your Xerosicyos danguyi. Allow the soil to dry completely between watering. When it is time to water, thoroughly drench until the water comes out the bottom. Water in the sink to keep the water mess contained! In the summer you may be watering once per week depending on how much sun your plant is getting. During the winter months, cut back on watering significantly. When transplanting use potting soil with sharp drainage. We love using locally mixed Sol Soils Cactus Coco Grit which also works great for any cactus of succulent. Silver dollar vine is not prone to pests but it’s always a great idea to have some Bonide Eight Insect Control on hand just in case.