Information About Burro's Tail

Information About Burro's Tail

Burro’s Tail Care – How To Grow A Burro’s Tail Plant

By Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist

Burro?s tail cactus is not technically a cactus but a succulent. Although all cacti are succulents, not all succulents are cactus. Grow burro?s tail as a houseplant or outdoors with tips from this article.


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Welcome to the Sedum Forum, a genus of close to 600 species of perennial succulents.

Most are low-growing, with a variety of textures and leaf colors, as well as attractive blossoms. Their generally compact habit make them well suited to rock gardens and container culture. Most sedum root readily from a broken stem. Most do well in poor soil, in hot sunny exposures, requiring little water. Commonly known as stonecrop. Join the conversation in the Chat Thread and other information filled threads. Post your photos and share in the fun of learning about these great plants.

Trailing succulent with long stems tipped by many small glaucous green leaves, looking a bit like a burro's tail. Flowers appear at the end of the stems and are pinkish red or purple, sometimes orange-yellow, and cup-shaped. When many stems are planted in a container and allowed to grow out for several years, the effect can be spectacular as they cascade over all sides and hang down a considerable distance. Keep plants out of traffic and avoid handling them to reduce the loss of leaves from these hanging stems. Easy to propagate from cuttings (mother plants will branch at the base). Best form with strong light.

This species was known only from cultivation (found at a nursery in Coatepec, Veracruz) until 2010, when it was rediscovered in habitat in central Veracruz. S. morganianum is closely related to S. burrito, also described from plants in cultivation, and some would say that burrito is a hybrid or form of morganianum. Its leaves are less oblong, more roughly spherical, and smaller overall. At least 2-3 of the images on this page look like Baby Burro's Tail (Sedum burrito) to me.

Low succulent subshrub or groundcover consisting of upright or oblique, branching stems tipped by rosettes with green-blue, club-shaped, terete leaves. From the Sierra Madre del Sur in Oaxaca, Mexico. Works best as a groundcover if planted densely. A well behaved container plant, though it tends to look better in smaller pots when restarted every few years from short-stemmed cuttings. Easy to propagate from cuttings, which root quickly, and mother plants will branch at the base.

A few different varieties appear in cultivation. Leaf tips typically blush red or pink, more so in the sun. Flowers are bright yellow and open at the base. Strong light is important for best form and color. Provide excellent drainage in cultivation.

Cheat Sheet

  • Burro’s tail is a showstopper in a hanging basket, where its long, luxurious stems can drape over the side. The stems are heavy with the weight of water-filled leaves, but I’ve seen them grow as long as two feet without trouble.
  • Depending on the cultivar, foliage can range from gray-green, to true green, to blue-green.
  • Like many succulents, burro’s tail may produce a chalky white wax which protects it from sun exposure. Known as epicuticular wax, this layer also helps succulents retain moisture.
Above: A 2.5-inch Donkey’s Tail Succulent is $3.50 from Pigment.

Solitary bees

Hairy-footed flower bee

When to see them: March-June.

Nesting habits: Aerial or ground nester (banks, walls or bare ground).

ID tips: Females: Black with yellow legs. Males: Brown with a pale face and hair plumes on their middle legs.

Description: These bumblebee-lookalikes are amongst the earliest bees to emerge in spring. They dart rapidly between flowers and blossoms, particularly favouring lungwort, deadnettles and wallflowers.

Common mourning bee

When to see them: March-June.

Nesting habits: Bee nest parasite.

ID tips: Grey collar. White spots along abdomen. Sometimes all-black. Pointed rear.

Description: The common mourning bee is a ‘cuckoo bee’. She lays her eggs in the nests of hairy-footed flower bees, where the larvae eat the food stores gathered for the flower bee’s own young.

Wool carder bee

When to see them: May-July.

Nesting habits: Aerial nester including bee hotels.

ID tips: Yellow spots along abdomen. Males have prongs on their rear.

Description: Female wool carder bees gather balls of plant hairs to build their nest cells. Males guard hairy plants such as lamb’s-ear, fighting off other bees to ensure they get to mate with visiting females.

Leafcutter bees

When to see them: May-August.

Nesting habits: Aerial nesters including bee hotels.

ID tips: Broad head and body. Females have a brush of hairs under the abdomen.

Description: Found neat crescents cut from your rose bush? That's a sign that leafcutter bees are about. The female uses the leaves to line her chosen nest cavity and build snug cells for her young.

Small scissor bee

When to see them: June-August.

Nesting habits: Aerial nesting including bee hotels.

ID tips: Very small (6-7mm), black and shiny. Slender body with a large head. Female collects pollen under her abdomen.

Description: Britain's smallest bee. The females mainly collect pollen from bellflowers (campanulas) and nest inside woodworm holes in dead wood. The males sleep inside flowers.

Red mason bee

When to see them: March-June.

Nesting habits: Aerial nester including bee hotels.

ID tips: Bristly orange hair with dark head and thorax showing through. Males have white face hairs. Female collects pollen under abdomen.

Description: A common resident of bee hotels and stone walls. Females gather mud to build their nest cells and are efficient pollinators of fruit-tree blossoms. Smaller males hover around nest sites.

Tawny mining bee

When to see them: March-June.

Nesting habits: Ground nester.

ID tips: Thick orange coat. Black leg and face hairs. Collects pollen on legs.

Description: This bee makes volcano-like mounds of soil at its nest entrance in lawns and mown banks. The bright orange females forage on spring blossoms.

Ashy mining bee

When to see them: March-June.

Nesting habits: Ground nester.

ID tips: Black with double ashy bands across the thorax.

Description: This monochrome mining bee often nests in large aggregations along sunny footpaths and short turf, though each female has her own nest. This bee is an important pollinator of oilseed rape.

Orange-tailed mining bee

When to see them: March-July.

Nesting habits: Ground nester.

ID tips: Rusty thorax. Black abdomen with tuft of rusty hairs on the rear. Yellow rear legs.

Description: The orange-tailed mining bee is common in many habitats, even in urban areas. They nest on grassy slopes and forage mainly from blossoming shrubs.

Long-horned bee

When to see them: May-August.

Nesting habits: Ground and cliff nester.

ID tips: Grey-brown hair. Males have very long antennae. Females have a white tail.

Description: The male long-horned bee has unmistakeable oversized antennae. This declining bee is reliant on open habitats rich in legume flowers such as vetches and trefoils with nearby earth banks for nesting.


Burrito (Sedum morganianum, also known as Sedum burrito) (Moran): One of the best-loved trailing soft succulents. Its pendant stems grow up to 3.0' long and are covered with bead-like, green leaves. It resembles its relative, Burro's Tail, but with shorter, rounder leaves. It originated in Veracruz, Mexico, though it has yet to be found in the wild.

Burrito thrives in hanging containers with drainage holes and gritty soil. It needs plenty of sunlight and protection from frost, but can tolerate drought and neglect. Water deeply when the soil is completely dry.

Leaves of this variety can fall off easily, but leaves and stem sections are easy to propagate by placing them back in the pot to re-grow roots. With years of growth, it can form a long, dense cascade. S. morganianum does not bloom dependably, but it can produce pink flowers at the tips of the stems in spring.

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