Sedum morganianum ‘Burro’s Tail’
Sedum morganianum is a snaking succulent with long stems covered in pretty silvery green gray succulent leaves. It it’s native habitat it hangs vertically from cliff sides so it is well suited to hanging baskets. However, growing perfect specimens can be a challenge, since the beautiful, pale green leaves are easily detached with a light touch. However this makes it easy to propagate Sedum morganianum because each detached leaf will form a new plant when placed in fast draining soil. It is rare to see it bloom as a Sedum morganianum houseplant but it sometimes has small pink-red flowers at the tips of the branches.
Sedum morganianum This plant was brought into cultivation by Eric Walther, a botanist at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. While he travelling through Mexico’s state of Veracruz looking for new echeverias in a small town called in Coatepec, a lady dragged him into the sales yard of Jardin Flotante, a small nursery owned by her father. There Walter was presented with the amazing sight of numerous pale green succulents with pendent meter-long tails growing in numerous tin cans attached to the walls covering the house. He purchased several of the unknown plants but was not able to find any information about the plant’s natural habitat or its flowering characteristics. A few years later Dr. Meredith Morgan Sr. flowered the plants in his garden allowing Walther to fully describe the Sedum morganianum species and named it in honor of Dr. Morgan.
This plant makes an excellent houseplant in bright light. It works great in a raised or hanging basket where the leaf stalks can cascade down. It can be grown outdoors in a frost free climate where Sedum morganianum would work well trailing over rocks in a steep garden or overhanging a ledge or a wall that is protected from strong winds.
Names and Synonyms: Sedum morganianum E.Walther
Common Names: Burro’s Tail, Donkey’s Tail, Giant Burro’s Tail
Origin: Mexico. Although in cultivation since 1935 it was only recently located in the wild in the ravines of a ranch at Bellreguard of Sochiapa in central Veracruz.
Size Label: 1-gallon
Cold Tolerance: 35-40°F, 1.7 to 4.4°C
Heat Tolerance: High heat tolerance
Light Requirement: Part sun to shade
Water needs: Drought tolerance but looks best with regular water in very fast draining soils.
Maintenance: Replant detached leaflets as desired.
Uses: This plant makes an excellent houseplant in bright light. It works great in a raised or hanging basket where the leaf stalks can cascade down. It can be grown outdoors in a frost free climate where it would work well trailing over rocks in a steep garden or overhanging a ledge or a wall that is protected from strong winds.
Propagation: This plant is easily propagated from detached stems or leaflets
Problems: Leaves are easily dislodge by bumping or moving the plant so take care when repotting or moving the plant around. Requires good drainage.
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