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Giant Burro's Tail, Donkey's Tail
Sedum morganianum

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sedum (SEE-dum) (Info)
Species: morganianum (mor-gan-ee-AY-num) (Info)
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Category:

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Cactus and Succulents

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Pink

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From leaf cuttings

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Siauliai,

Tucson, Arizona

Baywood-los Osos, California

Brentwood, California

Clayton, California

Coalinga, California

Fontana, California

Hidden Meadows, California

Long Beach, California

Los Angeles, California

Pleasant Hill, California

San Diego, California (2 reports)

Simi Valley, California

Valley Village, California

Ventura, California

West Hills, California

Alamosa, Colorado

Bartow, Florida

Brooksville, Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Lake City, Florida

Lutz, Florida

Miami, Florida

Naples, Florida

New Port Richey, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Palm Coast, Florida

Port Charlotte, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Sarasota, Florida (2 reports)

Umatilla, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Cordele, Georgia

Milledgeville, Georgia

Rockwell City, Iowa

Canton, Mississippi

Claremont, New Hampshire

Brooklyn, New York

Deposit, New York

Medina, New York

Southold, New York

Vestal, New York

Charlotte, North Carolina

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Sanford, North Carolina

Massillon, Ohio

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Scranton, Pennsylvania

North Augusta, South Carolina

Hot Springs, South Dakota

Crossville, Tennessee

Austin, Texas (4 reports)

Broaddus, Texas

Desoto, Texas

Friendswood, Texas

Mart, Texas

Mcallen, Texas

Mission, Texas (2 reports)

Red Oak, Texas

Salineno, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Winnsboro, Texas

Airway Heights, Washington

Deer Park, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Shoreline, Washington

Spangle, Washington

Cabin Creek, West Virginia

Newcastle, Wyoming

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Gardeners' Notes:

13
positives
7
neutrals
6
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Aug 29, 2013, Big_Iron from Tallahassee, FL wrote:

I have a borrows tail that I have had for about 25 years. it started from 1 leaf that my father gave me when I moved away. I have learned a few things about this plant that I would like to share. repotting 1 that is large is very difficult, it really does not like very direct sun if it is hot, mine have always grown much better in indirect sun light, they don't like cold(below 45 degrees) the leafs tend to freeze. And they cant stand to move to new areas when they are large(difficult to transport). I have moved mine several times from south to north and north to south and each time I have to really baby her back to health. I have never had my plant bloom a flower though. that would be nice to see.
but I love my burrows tail. I have started some for quite a few people and most loose ... read more

Positive

On Jul 8, 2012, succulentlady from Hill View Heights, WY wrote:

I put my donkey tails in the north west window in Arkansas. It grew all the way to the floor It was hug between to windows at the top.I let it get very dry before watering it.I watered from the bottom. This plant was a silvery green.
I moved to Wyoming. I just bought another one but it was darker green and shiny with a touch of red .I wondering if it is the poison one.It had no information on it. I set this one on the top of my computer desk in the north window. It grew long quickly with not very many peas on it.I never had this problem with my other one in Ark.This planter has no water hole in the bottom of it.I think I'm going to have to put it in another pot with sand.
I'm going to search more about this. I love this plant.
I have been growing all kinds of plants al... read more

Positive

On May 24, 2012, kiramarie from Chalmette, LA wrote:

I found a small pot containing three tiny tails at a local garden center almost a year ago.. it looked healthy and bug free but in need of a good home.. I re potted it into the edge of a dish holding other small baby succulents and has been doing well but as healthy as it looks sure does not seem to grow fast .. Sunday I found what I thought was the same plant at another garden center and grabbed both pots of them.. they were jam packed and I took all 30 some tails and put them in various pots in garden.. in comparison my newer ones loose their what I call " peas" way easy in comparison to my first which does not.. I am convinced I have two different breeds. My first ones have very slight different shape and a deeper shade of green. I have handled these little gems alot over the last 8 mo... read more

Positive

On Apr 17, 2012, chrystypas from Bessemer Bend, WY wrote:

Live in Wyoming, so of course, my Burro Tail is inside (too much wind, etc.). I took cuttings from a friend's plant that looked very sad and put it in one of those double pots that are supposed to water from the bottom. I did that because the upper portion had a rounded edge which I thought would keep the plant from breaking. It's been 1 and 1/2 years now & it is 3 feet long and has blossomed! (My plant in S. Cal never did that!) It is located in a southern window (full sun), and I water it about once a week. (Maybe too often since whenever I touch it, leaves fall off-I never had that problem in S. Cal-although that one was out in a shaded patio area and probably was watered every 2 weeks). I have several cuttings in the classroom-it is not poisonous!

Neutral

On Sep 5, 2011, eicanfly from Palm Coast, FL wrote:

I'd like to upload a pic of the poisonous plant that this one is often confused with, but not sure how...so here's the link address...
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/48352/
pic is in this site's files.

Negative

On Apr 6, 2011, flying_geo from Center, MO wrote:

Today is April 6, 2011 and I have been fighting a double eye infection since the fall of 2009 due to this plant. While pulling some donkeys tail out due to overgrowth, some of the sticky white discharge from the stem got onto my hands. I immediately washed my hands after I went inside, but evidently didn't get it all off. A little while later my eyes started to burn horribly, and as they burned and my eyes watered, the liquid that came from my eyes and ran down my face burned my face. After looking on the internet and seeing that this plant can be dangerous/toxic (but not poisonous?) I called poison control anyway, for the first time in my life. They told me to flush, flush, flush my eyes out with cool water. I did this for over an hour, and did manage to get one eye to stop burning.... read more

Negative

On Jun 2, 2010, MCKPAINT wrote:

My daughter has a beautiful Donkey Tail that she transplanted yesterday and now is itching very badly, etc.
This plant should have stronger poison warnings and a remedy for the skin irritation posted!!

Positive

On Dec 17, 2009, vnickdd from Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is a great little plant, and fun to propogate. You can even start new plants from the little "peas" that come off the main vine. PLEASE BE AWARE this plant is NOT Euphorbia myrsinites, the invasive, poisonous nasty guy some of the other comments are refering to which is also sometimes called "Donkey Tail." You could probably eat this one (though I wouldn't recommend it). Fun plant and can do some really creative window-box decorating. Our first cutting came back from Hawaii with us (contrary to popular belief, you can bring plants back from Hawaii if you know the rules) in a ziplock bag and was planted within the week in semi-sandy soil in our greenhouse.

Neutral

On Dec 11, 2009, hurcoboy from Rockaway, NJ wrote:

I have a rather large 20+ year old Donkey's tail, and recently it did something it has never done in it's lifetime. A long(aprox 12inches) stem topped with two large(3" diameter) green fuzzy petal-like leaves emerged from the center of the planter. A day later two, half inch long dark-pink tubular blossoms appeared in the center of the newly formed leaves.
I have searched everywhere on the web and found nothing about regarding these flowers.... It has never blossomed the way many photos I've seen, and I thought this was peculiar. Anyone out there have any info regarding this mysterious blossom?

Negative

On May 6, 2009, HMSBeagle13 from Petrolia, CA wrote:

This plant is not only highly toxic but it is also HIGHLY INVASIVE! If you are a supporter of native plants to the area that you live in, please do not plant this plant in your yard.

Positive

On Apr 10, 2009, KatG from Port Charlotte, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

I just love this interesting plant and it's really a big conversation piece amongst friends. I use it a lot for planter heads and it gives the look of dreadlocks. I was sure surprised lately with some very pretty pink blooms. I give my head planters a haircut every so often and just poke the cuttings into a sandy-soil mix and they take off! In a year, I would say that mine have grown about 6 inches. I possibly have them in too much sun though, under an enclosed pool cage as they become a little yellow. I read about transplanting a 20 year old. I just don't know how I would do that as the plant is just so fragile and tends to break off easily. Good Luck!

Positive

On Apr 5, 2009, MlaiceSkyy from Sanford, NC wrote:

My best friend had these before he deployed to Iraq, and I LOVED them, but was never able to get a cutting... I currently live in Sanford, NC. Does anyone know if they have these around this area?!?!?

Positive

On Oct 3, 2008, scruffers from bridport
United Kingdom wrote:

I love this plant and I have a lovely specimen that I have been growing for more than 20 years. My problem is it needs repotting (it is quite large) and I wondered if anyone has any tips for doing this without damaging the plant too much.

Neutral

On Sep 7, 2008, pford1854 from Marion, AR (Zone 7b) wrote:

Printed from Label:
Forms semi-prostrate stems with dense "jelly bean" leaves. Excellent for hanging basket culture. Prefers bright, filtered light with ample airflow. Protect from frost. Provide bright light; hardy to 32F; trailing. Water thoroughly when soil is dry.
CactusCollection.com

Positive

On Aug 20, 2008, gardenlemur from Pittsburgh, PA wrote:

"Donkey tail" is a common name given to two very different plants. I love this plant and am so sorry to see it get a bad reputation.

Euphorbia myrsinites (donkey tail or creeping splurge) is poisonous. Allergic reactions are not uncommon in Euphorbias, in general.

Sedum morganianum (donkey tail, burro's tail, lamb's tail) is a succulent and is safe. The pictures on this page are the harmless succulent. If you bought a donkey tail sedum and it looks like the pictures on this page, you are safe.

Neutral

On Jun 19, 2008, RUFFIES from Deer Park, WA wrote:

I JUST BOUGHT A SEDUM BURITTO PLANT FROM WALMART AND IT NEVER SAID IT WAS POSIONOUS. I AM SO GLAD THIS SITE TOLD US HOW BAD IT COULD BE IF NOT ANY PERCAUTION TAKEN. I HAVE SMALL GRAND KIDS WHO LOVE PLANTS AND FLOWERS. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE INFORMATION.

Neutral

On Jan 29, 2007, wandygirl from Brookfield, CT wrote:

Hey succulentdude3, gently lift the stem from the soil and see if any roots have formed. If it looks rotted or otherwise unhealthy, try again. Be sure to let the cut stem end callus over before you plant it. Good luck!

Neutral

On Jan 28, 2007, succulentdude3 from Oak Brook, IL wrote:

I planted a stem+leaf about a month and a half ago in succulent/cactus soil. It hasnt grown at all. It gets sunlight a plenty. Why hasnt it grown? It's a wicked plant, nonetheless.

Negative

On Aug 17, 2004, jensen from South Milwaukee, WI wrote:

I needed to trim my donkey tail plants and found out that evening to have a major allergic reaction to it. I must of gotten some of the milky discharge from a broken stem on my face. It burnt and I had burning in my nose so I took Benadryl and when I woke up in the morning I had the face of death. My nose and area surrounding was swollen and inflammed. My chin had a patch with blisters and inflammation to it. The swelling went into my eyes. I was quite a site. The ER gave me some steroids and more Benadryl and sent me home. Good luck and wear gloves.

Negative

On Jul 22, 2004, gbear from Red Oak, TX wrote:

My brother in-law was trimming this plant (they live in Reno, NV) and some of the secretions from the Donkey's Tail got in his eyes. His eyes began to swell really bad so my sister called Poison Control and they told them to get him to emergency care right away. They kept him nearly 10 hours and sent him home with strict orders to call them back in two days to let them know how he was recovering. Two days later his vision is still blurred. Apparently he has a severe allergic reaction to this plant. The poison control center told them he could have gone blind if left untreated. Not a plant worth having in my estimation!

Negative

On Mar 9, 2004, ryanpolly wrote:

this plant was put forward as a possible cause of the death of my cat .Has anyone any evidence to the toxicity of this plant? Is it edible?

Positive

On Aug 12, 2003, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

San Antonio, Texas
This is an excellent hanging basket plant. It requires little attention and grows quite rapidly. Although it can withstand some light freezes, I bring it in the house if the temperature falls below 25 degrees in order to keep the ends of the "tails" from receiving freeze burn. Do not overwater.

Positive

On Feb 22, 2003, MGTHH wrote:

Thanks so much for the information posted! I received a piece of this plant from a nice woman who lived two houses down from a friend I was visiting. She didn't give me any information about this lovely plant nor did she give me the name of it. All she said was to stick the cutting and any "leaves" that fall off into dirt. I've been trying to grow more of it without success. Thanks to this site, I think I'll have a better chance now!

Positive

On Feb 4, 2003, albleroy from Wavre/ greenhous +/- 2500 species, IA wrote:

Very nice pictures and very well documented.

Positive

On Feb 3, 2003, Azalea from Jonesboro, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This plant is easily propagated from stems or just a single leaf dropped on sandy soil. It will root and sprout new "leaflets" in just a few days.

Neutral

On Feb 8, 2002, Floridian from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Burro's tail is a native of Mexico. It is an attractive, succulent plant for hanging baskets. The leaves have a silvery blue cast to them and the branches may reach 3 feet or more. It needs warm temperatures and full sun to partial shade. Plants should be watered on at least a weekly basis. The soil should be allowed to dry thoroughly in between waterings. Apply fertilizer once during the growing season. During its dormant period, water only enough to keep the leaves from shriveling.