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A wild population of Sedum morganianum E. Walther (Crassulaceae)

Over 70 years after its original description, Sedum morganianum E. Wather, the “donkey tail”, has been at last found wild in two ravines at Tenampa county, in central Veracruz, in eastern Mexico. It grows on vertical cliffs of igneous rock in the Tropical Deciduous Forest zone. For its restricted geographic distribution it should be regarded as a micro endemic species.

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Sedum morganianum

Sedum morganianum (burro's tail or donkey tail) is a species of flowering plant in the family Crassulaceae, native to southern Mexico and Honduras. It is a succulent perennial producing trailing stems up to 60 cm (24 in) long, with fleshy blue-green leaves and terminal pink to red flowers in summer.[1]


With a minimum temperature of 5–7 °C (41–45 °F), in temperate regions S. morganianum is often cultivated as a houseplant in a suspended container, where the trailing stems hang vertically.[1]

This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[2]

Sedum morganianum grows well outside or indoors, in very good light or full sun but not extreme heat. Plants are best grown in full sunlight for strong growth and to enhance leaf coloration. It requires regular, moderate watering all year, except in winter, when it should be infrequently watered. Excess water can damage the plant in a short time. The species is susceptible to over-watering, especially during winter dormancy.

Plants are usually propagated by stem or leaf cuttings. The leaves are quite delicate and will readily break off the stem when manipulated. The leaves will stay alive for many days and roots will emerge after a few days.



  1. ^ a b RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  2. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Sedum morganianum". Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
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