As spring coaxes the fresh new shoots from the ground, I am especially excited about what’s going on indoors too, more specifically my succulents. Spring is the season most succulents come out of their reverie and into active growth again. And I for one am very anxious and excited to see how they do over the next six months. Most of my collection consists of baby succulents, and watching them get bigger and more established always gives me a sense of satisfaction. My Sedum morganianum is very dainty at the moment and not yet trailing. I am hoping to get it over the sides of the pot by the end of the growing season. I have decided to make it April’s succulent of the month, as its light cheerful colour gets me in a springy sort of mood.
Name: Sedum morganianum
Common name: Donkey Tail, Burro’s Tail
Distinctive features: Native to Mexico, this succulent has fleshy bead like leaves of pale green, closely packed to form long trailing tails (eventually!)
Why I love it: I adore the colour of Burro’s tail. It is the prettiest light green, so zingy and fresh for spring and summer.This sedum also trails – there aren’t many succulents that trail and this baby can get as long as 90cm!
Things to watch out for: All those tiny little leaves are very delicate and do not like to be handled – it is very likely to drop leaves when disturbed, which is annoying but not the end of the world. Like most succulents it is susceptible to pests like Mealy bug. If planting outside in the summer months, I would make sure it has shade from strong afternoon sun. Like most succulents, it is not hardy, so bring it indoors before the first frost!
If you are a fan of the Donkey’s tail or Burro’s tail, why not shout about it to other succulent addicts out there: