How to Grow Burro’s Tail – Sedum

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Burro’s tail, Sedum, is an evergreen succulent with small pointed leaves that trail. Grow burro’s tail in containers or hanging baskets where the blue-green stems can cascade.

Get to know Burro’s Tail

  • Plant type: Succulent evergreen perennial
  • Growing Zones and range: 10-11
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Temperature: Average room temperature
  • Light: High light with some direct sun
  • Height and width: Stems trail to 3 feet long
  • Foliage: Succulent, grayish blue-green, 1-inch (2.5cm) pointed leaves densely strung on hanging stems to 3 feet long
  • Flowers: Coral to red flowers occasionally
  • Uses: Houseplant, container plant
  • Common name: Burro’s tail, donkey tail
  • Botanical name: Sedum morganianum
  • Family: Crassulaceae

Where to plant Burro’s Tail

  • Grow burro’s tail in high light with some direct sun.
  • Plant burro’s tail in all-purpose mix with sand added for better drainage.
Sedum morganianum, Burro's Tail
Sedum morganianum, Burro’s Tail

How to water and feed Burro’s Tail

  • Keep the soil moderately moist and spring to tall; in winter, water only to prevent shriveling.
  • Fertilize burro’s tail three times a year: in early spring, late spring, and late summer.

Burro’s Tail care

  • Repot only when absolutely necessary since the leaves break easily when the plant is handled.

Burro’s Tail common problems

  • Roots rot if you provide too much water; otherwise, these plants are mostly trouble free.

Burro’s Tail propagation

  • Tip or leaf cuttings root easily in damp soil.

Written by Stephen Albert

Stephen Albert is a horticulturist, master gardener, and certified nurseryman who has taught at the University of California for more than 25 years. He holds graduate degrees from the University of California and the University of Iowa. His books include Vegetable Garden Grower’s Guide, Vegetable Garden Almanac & Planner, Tomato Grower’s Answer Book, and Kitchen Garden Grower’s Guide. His Vegetable Garden Grower’s Masterclass is available online. has more than 10 million visitors each year.

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