Plant of the Week:
Sedum morganianum
Burro's tail
Crassulaceae

Sedum morganianum

Sedum morganianum or Burro's tail is a native of Mexico. It makes an attractive, succulent plant for hanging baskets. The spindle-shaped leaves have a silver-blue cast to them. Pendulous branches may reach 3 feet or more in baskets.

Blooming Time: Spring. Even though ours has never bloomed, I have been told that they have terminal pink flowers.

Culture: Sedum morganianum needs warm temperatures and full sun to partial shade. In the greenhouse, we use a soil mix consisting of equal parts of loam and sand with small gravel added to increase drainage. During the growing season (March to October), plants are watered on a weekly basis. The soil should be allowed to dry thoroughly in between waterings. Fertilizer is applied only once during the growing season. During the dormancy period (November to March), water is only applied to keep the leaves from shriveling. When I first started growing Burro's tail, I had a lot of trouble with leaf drop. I found out this was due to the square edges of the handing baskets cutting into the heavy stems. I recommend using split water hose over the edges of hanging basket to counteract the cutting of stem tissue from the weight of the branches.

Propagation: Sedum morganianum is easily propagated from leaf cuttings or by stem cuttings.

Sedum morganianum was featured as Plant of the Week March 23-29, 2001.

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