Burro’s Tail

Sedum morganianum


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Sedum morganianum, commonly known as Burro’s Tail or Donkey Tail, is a succulent plant renowned for its distinctive trailing growth habit and lush, pendulous stems. This plant is closely related to Sedum burrito, often referred to as Baby Donkey Tail, but it is characterized by its longer, more tapered leaves and stems that can grow several feet in length when given the proper care and environment.

Native to southern Mexico and Honduras, Sedum morganianum thrives in well-draining soil and prefers a bright, indirect light setting. It can tolerate some direct sunlight, especially in the cooler parts of the day, but excessive exposure can lead to leaf scorch. This succulent is highly drought-tolerant, requiring minimal watering. The soil should be allowed to dry out completely between waterings to prevent root rot, a common issue with overwatered succulents.

The leaves of Burro’s Tail are small, rounded, and fleshy, tightly packed along the trailing stems. They are a blue-green color, which can take on a slight lavender or pink tint under stress from sun exposure or cold temperatures. The plant is known for its fragility; its leaves can easily detach from the stem if handled or disturbed, making it important to place the plant in a location where it won’t be frequently bumped or moved.

Sedum morganianum may produce small, star-shaped flowers in shades of pink or red during the summer. These blooms are an added bonus to the already visually appealing foliage.

Considered non-toxic, Burro’s Tail is generally safe to keep around pets and children, though it’s always wise to exercise caution and keep plants out of reach to avoid any potential issues. Its unique trailing appearance makes it a favorite for hanging baskets, where its stems can cascade beautifully over the sides, and it’s also popular in rock gardens and as part of succulent arrangements.


130 mm pot, 140 mm pot, Cutting