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Sedum morganianum is often confused with:
Crassula ovata Form of a 40 year old plant
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Sedum Sedum spp.
Sedum spurium 'John Creech' Sedum spurium 'John Creech'
Sedum ternatum Sedum ternatum

Burro's Tail Sedum morganianum

Other Common Name(s):

Description

Succulent plant producing trailing stems 24" long with trinagular shaped fleshy blue green leaves.  Leaves are quite delicate and will break off if manipulated.  Terminal pink or red flower clusters appear in the summer. Attractive in a hanging planter so the trailing stems can be highlighted. Needs high light indoors and should be watered regularly until winter when it should be watered infrequently. Evergreen perennial to 6 cm, prostrate and pendulous.

Tolerates temperatures down to 40 degrees F; prefers high light interior environments such as a windowsill with at least partial sun; prefers dry soil, fresh air and shallow pot; tepid water should be used to water plant; cuttings and dropped leaves root easily; pest/disease problems (mostly due to overwatering).

Observations: Unusual crowded, 3-d, jellybean-shaped leaves on long, pendulous stems are key identification features; flowers are seldom observed; leaves can drop to form a new plant.

Quick ID

  • Leaves are succulent and jellybean-shaped in 3d
  • Stems are long, pendulous, crowded with leaves
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fall color#songbirds#succulent#easily propagated#playground#hanging baskets#cpp#blue-green#children's garden#pollinator plant#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fall color#songbirds#succulent#easily propagated#playground#hanging baskets#cpp#blue-green#children's garden#pollinator plant#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Sedum
    Species:
    morganianum
    Family:
    Crassulaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Leaf Cutting
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Mexico, Honduras
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Textural
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Very Dry
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Inflorescence is a pendent cyme, terminal, on long peduncle. Flowers are deep pink, ca 12 mm dia; petals 5, free, spreading; sepals 5, green.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are spirally arranged and overlapping, simple, entire, subcylindric and jelly-bean or boat shaped, succulent, incurved.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Stems are numerous, sparsely branched, prostrate to pendulous, up to 90 cm long.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Recreational Play Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Pollinators
    Songbirds