Plant Care Burro's Tail

Burro's Tail

4.6 out of 5 (154 experiences)

Burro's Tail has a Survivor plant personality Survivor
Burro's Tail has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate

About Burro's Tail

The burro’s tail is a charismatic plant that is very easy to propagate. Each petal can be carefully removed to create a new plant. In the wild, they are native to an extremely localized area of one hillside in Mexico. Plants that are only found in a small region are known as endemic. Now a popular houseplant, they can be found in homes around the world! 🐴


Sedum morganianum

Also known as

Donkey's Tail

How to care for Burro's Tail


How often to water your Burro's Tail

Water needs for Burro's Tail
0.5 cups
every 12

Burro's Tail needs 0.5 cups of water every 12 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Arcadia, California.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Burro's Tail

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Burro's Tail in Arcadia, California

Arcadia, California

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Finding light for Burro's Tail in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Burro's Tail: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Burro's Tail love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth during this time of higher sunlight intensity in Arcadia, California ☀️.

This is a great time to watch your Burro's Tail thrive 🌿!


How to fertilize Burro's Tail

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Burro's Tail: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Burro's Tail after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Burro's Tail is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

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Care Summary for Burro's Tail

Burro's Tail

Burro's Tail

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 12 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Arcadia, California, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Burro's Tail has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 93
Burro's Tail has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 84
Burro's Tail has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 66
Burro's Tail has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 23
Burro's Tail has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 15
Burro's Tail has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 9
Burro's Tail has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 2
Burro's Tail has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 1
R_l15748 avatar
leaf-1 31 Plants
xp 702 XP

Easily over watered

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Bigshe64 avatar
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 536 XP
globe Ephrata, Pennsylvania

Will be beautiful when mature.

Sophia avatar
leaf-1 7 Plants
xp 141 XP

Super cute plant but can be fragile just like me

Survivor Survivor
Avalofgreen avatar
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 47 XP
globe Wichita, Kansas

leaves fall easily

Survivor Survivor
Sarahsalith avatar
leaf-1 339 Plants
xp 9,307 XP

* This plant sits in a west-facing window in a plastic pot. I water it about every 12 days or so. *

I really like this plant! I love the shape of the leaves and I love the way the sun filters through it in the evening. It's the most beautiful color green.

This plant has doubled in size since I've gotten it just four months ago. I have to be very careful when I water it, because the leaves just pop off if I bump into them. I realize that I need to be thinking about a more permanent pot for this plant and I need to find a place to hang it so it does not get jostled around.

I used to think String of Pearls was THE plant to have, but I like this burros tail much better.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Sapphically avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 90 XP

it’s very cute, i decided to taste a leaf that fell down it was very sour i’m not sure who needs to know this

Survivor Survivor
Annaxsmith avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 156 XP
globe Middleville, Michigan

it is very easy to care for and it can live for a very long tume

Survivor Survivor
Eleni avatar
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 244 XP
globe Midlothian, Texas

Very fun to look at the “leaves” do fall off easily if you bump them

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Valzplantitas avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 112 XP

Dont put in direct sunlight because it will get burnt and its a very delicate succulent but it makes up for it by being so beautiful

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Aur0ra avatar
leaf-1 46 Plants
xp 1,267 XP

this plant is so cute, the leaves look like beans. i don’t have a lot of luck with succulents but this one is going well so far!

Caitlynbuboltz avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 158 XP
globe Tampa, Florida

only water about 1 time every 2-3 weeks and dont let it have too much sun, great as an indoor plant!

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Nora avatar
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 484 XP
globe Bangor, Maine

This is a fast growing, adorable little plant! The only downside is it’s very delicate and the leaves fall off even with the gentlest handling and leave sad little bald spots.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Honeyyvoiced avatar
leaf-1 62 Plants
xp 2,636 XP
globe Kenosha, Wisconsin

I got this plant at a flea market where it only retained its leaves near the top. But once I repotted it it grew like crazy. So easy to care for and the leaves propagate easily in water.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Mccall avatar
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 1,981 XP
globe Salt Lake City, Utah

I really like this little guy but I don’t think he’s growing much. Even with a ton of sunlight. He’s got a little bro too that seems to be just as stunted.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Philipp avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 79 XP
globe Krefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen

The leafs fall off very quickly.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Evie avatar
leaf-1 12 Plants
xp 396 XP

Really really easy. I stuck it in a pot and now it’s tripled in size. It’s only slight downfall is it’s fragility.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Kylie15 avatar
leaf-1 13 Plants
xp 193 XP
globe Harrah, Oklahoma

Leaf/beans fall of easily and don’t go back where they fall off but you can propagate them.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Zenden avatar
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 367 XP

I don’t know what to do with this plant. It has lost all of it’s “leaves” and appears to be dying after only a month :(

Scott avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 100 XP
globe Los Angeles, California

Very fragile.

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