Variegated String of nickels

Dischidia oiantha variegata; Thruppence urn plant; Shingle plant

Why we love Theodora

An ideal choice for beginners, she’s a gorgeous hanging plant that requires very little looking after.

Low light
Easy care
The patch promise

If you’re a little forgetful, she’s a great plant for you. She’ll soldier on happily if you don’t remember to water her regularly.

Quick facts

Botanical name

Dischidia oiantha variegata


Variegated string of nickels; Thruppence urn plant; Shingle plant

Air purifying


Plant height


Pet/Baby safe

Mildly toxic if ingested

Nursery pot size


About String of nickels

If you happen to find yourself in a forest in the tropics of Asia, look up and you might see string of nickels, or dischidia imbricata. It makes its home in the crevices of tall trees (scientifically, it’s known as an epiphyte). It dangles handsomely soaking up moisture from the atmosphere.

In the wild, it gets most of its required water and nutrients from the air. Remembering that is a good way to understand how to care for it. Don’t water it too frequently, but mist it regularly. Basically, do your best impression of a tropical rainforest. As it’s used to living in the shade of the forest, it doesn’t need much light. If you’re not a confident plant parent yet, it’s a very easy option. It will appreciate a feed with liquid fertiliser once per month in spring and summer, but that's about as much special attention as it needs.

If you like the plant but would prefer the leaves entirely green, may we recommend Theodore.

Did you know?

Some dischidia live on ant nests and have evolved so that their leaves are the perfect shape for sheltering the little critters.