Houseplant of the Week: Burro’s Tail

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Burros Tail hanging plantIf you need a cute hanging plant that will add a lot of character to your outdoor patio or a really sunny nook of your home, we highly recommend Burro’s Tail.

It’s fleshy, overlapping conical leaves make it look like a braided tail. Those stems can grow to two feet and during the summer (the one pictured here is a baby; if they have the room to really grow those stems, Burro’s Tail can sometimes look like the plant version of Cousin Itt from the Addams Family). In summer, the stems have pink or red flowers at the ends. 

Scientifically known as the sedum morganianum, the Burro’s Tail likes full sunlight for growth and to enhance the blue-green or green-gray leaf color.

In terms of maintenance, it’s a typical succulent. It prefers gritty, well-draining soil and moderate watering, except in winter when you should cut back. You’ll want to let it dry out between waterings, as excess water will damage this plant easily.

You can propagate a Burro’s Tail either from the stem or leaf cuttings; the leaves are very delicate and break away easily.