Donkeys Tail Succulent

A Donkey’s Tail succulent (Sedum Morganianum), sometimes called Burro’s Tail plant, is a popular and easy to grow trailing succulent. It is native to Mexico. This unique looking plant has long hanging stems. That are covered with thick rows of fleshy blue-green, tear dropped shaped leaves that overlap like the hair on a donkey’s tail. The stems can reach lengths of over 3 feet long. It is happiest when grown in hanging baskets or up high so that it has room to flow down and no one can accidentally bump into it. A Donkey’s Tail plant is very fragile and the stems break and the leaves easily detach and fall off of if disturbed. Donkey Tail needs careful handling.

Under the right conditions, a Donkey’s Tail plant may produce star-shaped flowers of pink or red. They may appear on the tips of the leaves during summer. This plant needs at least four hours of sun or a very bright light if you are growing indoors. Keep it shaded from hot afternoon sun. It can sunburn easily. If it gets insufficient light, the new growth will be small and pale.

As with all succulents, Donkey’s Tail needs to have dry soil before they are watered. Water them well and then do not water again until the soil has thoroughly dried out. Winter is its dormant period and needs even less water. If the leaves appear to be shriveled it may be under watered. The soil should be loose and fast draining such as a cactus or succulent mix.

It can handle average humidity. It can tolerate dry air but keep it out of drafts. Donkey’s Tail likes to be fertilized monthly from March through September. Never during winter while it is dormant. The only pests that seem to bother this plant is Mealy bugs.

It likes to be root bound in smaller pots. If the leaves are knocked of a stem trim the stem off. And keep those leaves to propagate this plant. Because you can use stem cuttings or leaf cuttings. Take 2-3 inch stem tip cutting in spring. Remove the lower leaves to expose the stem and insert it into soil. Keep the soil moist and be patient. It could take months before roots form. I normally just lay the leave cuttings on top of the soil until they start to grow roots.

This is not a poisonous plant. However this plant can be confused with a creeping Spurge or Myrtle Spurge. Myrtle Spurge is poisonous. You are supposed to take care when handling.

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