8 Most Popular Succulents from Africa

8 Popular Succulents from Africa

Let’s be honest, some plants need more care than children or pets! Maybe you just don’t have the time, patience, or green thumb to deal with a fussy plant but at the same time, you want to avoid the disapproving look from ‘mother’ when she visits and every plant has died.

Or perhaps, allergies prevent you from having fresh daisies and roses close to you, but you still want the opportunity to be a plant parent.

Well, don’t stop ‘be-leaf-ing’!

There’s a fresh fad that has hit the streets and its taking ‘succers’ by storm.

Succulents are the way and they are here to stay!

Available and affordable, succulent has set the trend as decorating staples at events, restaurants, office focal points, outdoor landscaping and even walking down the aisle on a bridal bouquet.

Here is your chance to get inspired and keep that plant alive with this list of 8 of the most popular African succulents.

Not only are these African succulents gorgeous to look at, but you won’t pull your hair out keeping them alive. Here we go!

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Othonna Capensis—Ruby Necklace

This distant member of the sunflower family has its roots in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. It also goes by the name “Ruby Necklace” or “Little Pickles” and is known locally as “Bobbejaankool”.

Talk about nicknames!

The Ruby Necklace, not to be mistaken by jewelry, This succulent has bean-like foliage that extends from vibrant, ruby-red stems. The succulent bean-like leaves vary in color from green to purple, depending on how much sunlight it is exposed to. The plant produces small, daisy-like flowers that may either be purple, white, or yellow, and it blooms all year round.

The Ruby Necklace’s popularity, amongst other succulents, has grown because of the adaptability of its vines for trailing and spilling. You can find it trending, like a delicious bunch of grapes, as it hangs from a ‘fruit and veg bowl’ when planted with rosette type succulents. It has also become a main feature of bridal bouquets. No matter the occasion, the Othonna Capensis‘ flexibly adjusts to fit its new home marvelously.

See 7 Fantastic Succulent Bouquets for some inspiration!

This fashionable plant not only looks attractive but is also fairly easy to maintain. It requires very little water, and only when the soil completely dries out. The flowers of the Ruby Necklace are a great attraction for pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, making it prominent as an environmental protector. You can even match your Ruby Necklace with this ruby colored pot! Maybe we should get this one for the team too, so many planters are too cute!

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Crassula Ovata—The Jade Plant

When talking about popular succulents, no other plant is as world-renowned as the Mozambican native Jade Plant. From China to New York, this beauty can be found on the window sills of living rooms of different sizes, crossing cultures, and language barriers as a symbol of good luck. This legendary plant also goes by the names Lucky Plant, Money Plant, Silver Dollar, Money Tree, and Friendship Tree.

Apart from Mozambique, the Jade Plant still features prominently in Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces of South Africa. Historians have mentioned that the Khoi and other native tribes grated and cooked the roots of this succulent, as a delicacy to be eaten with thick milk. It was also known for its medicinal value to treat nausea and diarrhea.

The scientific name Crassula Ovata perfectly describes this succulent. Crassula, which means fat or thick, denotes the fleshy nature of the species while Ovata means egg-shaped, which is a correct representation of the shape of the leaves.

The Jade Plant has many characteristics of a Bonsai tree, with a thick trunk and wide, olive-green leaves. It prospers indoors and will retain water well, producing small white or pink flowers in the right conditions.

This succulent’s association with friendship, good luck, and financial success, make it one of the most admired, no-brainer gifts for any occasion—like in this fun planter, we gifted this to one of our team members birthday’s recently too!

Learn some further tips on taking care of the Jade plant with our article here!

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Euphorbia Milii—Crown of Thorns Plant

Hailing from the island of Madagascar on the Indian Ocean, the Euphorbia Milli behaves like the ‘femme fetale’ of the succulent world. Not only does this plant have striking, clustered flowers growing on evergreen shrubbery, but it also has long, sharp thorns all around its stems.  The yellow, white, or pink flowers grow in red bracts that resemble petals and in tropical locations, the plant flowers all year round. This pretty little thing is, however, highly poisonous!

This drought-resistant succulent, which you can buy here, is a major sun worshiper; the more exposure to the sun it gets, the more intense and longer the flowering period is. These colorful outdoor pots would look great with this pretty plant! On the contrary to its beauty, the succulent plant produces a poisonous sap that can cause irritation when it comes to contact with skin and eyes. This succulent also causes severe stomach aches, vomiting, and inflammation of the throat and mouth if ingested. If you have toddlers or curious pets, this is definitely a plant to keep at a distance.

That being said, the Crown of Thorns is legendary for being a magnificent natural barrier when planted as a low hedge, to keep out vermin and unwanted rodents. So if you are looking for a Game of Thrones challenge, how about planting a Crown of Thorns?

For even more information on the Crown of Thorns Plant, head on over to this article!

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Zebra Haworthia—The Zebra Plant

How worthy is the Zebra Haworthia? Well worth it!

This eye-catching African succulent stays true to its name, the Zebra Plant. This plant can be seen bearing chunky, dark green leaves with horizontal white stripes, giving the resemblance of a zebra pattern.

Indigenous to South Africa, the Zebra Plant can go for long periods without water as the plant stores water in its thick leaves and stem. It forms in a rosette of leaves that grow between 4” and 8” tall. When it blooms, the succulent produces tubular white or pink flowers that develop from a very thin stem, called an inflorescence.

The succulent Plant has an ingrained stress detector; the plant ‘gets stressed’ and the leaves change color. Its leaves turn red after more than 6 hours of direct sunshine. You can tell if your succulent has sunburn as it will have brown marks on the surface of the leaf facing the sun. If the leaves start to turn yellow or transparent, your plant may be drowning. How unique is that? Give your zebra some shade with this succulent shade netting.

Brush up on your Zebra Plant knowledge and care tips with our article here.

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Aloe Aristata—The Torch Plant

Yeah, the good old Aloe.

Aristaloe Aristata is an atypical species that is also referred to as The Torch Plant, Lace Aloe, or Guinea-Fowl Aloe. Historically, it covered a wide span of South Africa, stretching from the Northern and Eastern Cape provinces, through Lesotho, to the borders of KwaZulu-Natal province. Highly adaptable to a variety of temperatures, the Torch Plant can flourish in sandy, dry regions, cold mountain slopes, high grasslands, and forested valleys.

This African succulent, takes the shape of a perfectly formed rosette, with thick, lance-shaped leaves. The fleshy leaves are outlined with white, saw-like teeth around the edges and have a soft white spine. White bumps can be seen scattered on the fleshy leaves, giving the plant a decorative appeal.

The evergreen plant, that would look amazing in this pot, has tubular orange flowers that grow from a bloom stalk that can reach heights of 20” (50 cm). The nectar-loaded flowers are irresistible to pollinators and tend to easily attract bees, wasps, and birds.

When planted in the ground, the Torch Plant produces several offsets around its base that are easy to propagate. The compactness of the rosettes makes this succulent popular as a potted plant, as well as, absolutely adorable in a succulent garden.

Does the Torch Plant sound like a great addition to your home, read up on this article to learn further care tips!

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Kalanchoe Tomentosa—The Panda Plant

The Kalanchoe Tomentosa is commonly known as the Panda Plant, Chocolate Soldier, Pussy Ears, or Plush Plant and it originates from Madagascar. The succulent has oval-shaped leaves that resemble the ears of a rabbit or a cat, thus the name Pussy Ears.

The leaves are usually greyish-green in color and are covered all over in tiny hair-like structures that give the leaves a furry look and feel, click here to buy your own from Amazon! Brown freckles decorate the edges of the leaves and margins while the thick stem enables the plant to grow up to approximately 1.5 ft. tall!

This hairy house plant requires long intervals between watering. It grows well at room temperature with medium to bright lighting. There have been rare sightings of small, yellow-green flowers sprouting on the tips of branches, but it’s possible! For a super cute planter for the Panda Plant, we think you’ll enjoy this one, or maybe your friend will appreciate it as a gift! Do you know someone who likes pandas?

This African succulent has earned its’ popularity as event decor, must-have when creating stunning floral arrangements for guest tables.

A word of caution though; if you are interested in being a Panda Plant parent, they ARE known to be toxic to cats and dogs.

For additional tips on taking care of the Panda Plant, head over to this article.

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proud panda plant @succulustbalcony

Sansevieria Trifasciata—The Snake Plant

The Sansevieria trifasciata is one of the most unique species of plants that tracks its heritage between tropical West Africa, Nigeria, and the Congo. This wild-looking plant also goes by the alias The Snake Plant or Mother-in-law’s Tongue mainly due to the shape of its sharp leaf margins. Either way, it makes you a little bit cautious but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

The slithering Snake Plant has vertical wide thick leaves growing from a rosette and reaching to the sky like flames of a roaring campfire. The leaves change color ranging between dark green, light green, white, and cream, and in optimal conditions, these plants can easily reach a height of up to 2 meters.

This tenacious African succulent can tolerate neglect, abuse, and most unsuitable growing conditions. It is content when placed in direct sunlight and it can go for more than 6 weeks without water. In fact, the more you turn your back on them, the better they do!

In spite of its crazy appearance, this succulent’s popularity has risen, as more and more people discover the health benefits associated with this plant. NASA was trying to find a way to purify the air in space stations and they approved the Snake Plant as an outstanding air purifier.  Studies confirmed that the succulent removes toxins, such as formaldehyde found in cleaning products, tissues as well as personal care products. Place this plant in the bathroom and watch it thrive in the steam and low light, all the while, cleaning the air! Check out our preferred super cool planter that’ll look great in any bedroom or bathroom.

Unlike other plants, this succulent continues converting carbon dioxide into oxygen all through the night.  This special characteristic can allow you to live with a couple of Snake Plants, in a completely air sealed room with no air flow, for a significant amount of time. It is truly a plant you can count on!

On the popularity poll, the Snake Plant blows it out of the water. Aesthetically pleasing, with very little maintenance required and the ability to purify the air, these succulents from Africa have been recommended in large numbers to fill up factories, schools, offices, and homes.

Learn everything else there is know about the Snake Plant in our article here!

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There you have it, 8 African succulents that are sure to escalate your patio, garden, home, or office from drab to fab!

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Want to learn more about the wonderful world of succulents? Check out our articles on 8 Rare Succulents Worth Exploring or the ever-informative Why is My Succulent Rotting?

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Happy planting, my friends!

Why Is Echeveria Pulvinata Among The Popular Succulents?

Why is the Echeveria Pulvinata Amongst Popular Succulents?

Who makes the most friends in high school? Well, it is the most popular kids of course. The typical reasons could be they are attractive, have fun personalities, or features that others find admirable. When getting started caring for succulents, it is best you try out a popular plant. There is tons of information available on these plants, and tips for how you can get your succulent to thrive. The beauty of succulents means you can literally put them anywhere, especially the Echeveria pulvinata.

The Echeveria pulvinata succulent features a stunning rosette shape that has overlapping leaves. These leaves are thick and spatulate in nature. With hundreds of different succulents that you can choose from, why is the Echeveria pulvinata so popular?

Here is why this succulent that is native to Mexico is a fan favorite.

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Mexico’s Favorite Echeveria Pulvinata @cinisters_garden

Echeveria Pulvinata Fun Fabulous Facts

If you were to pick this succulent out of a line-up, you need to know what makes it different from the rest. Looks are not enough, there are ‘personality traits’ that give this plant an edge. Here are some fun facts about the Echeveria Pulvinata.

  1. Also known as a Plush Plant or Chenille Plant – Some succulents are spiky, others smooth, long, thin, wide – there is a myriad of features. A plush plant is one whose leaves have fine white hairs covering them. From afar, these hairs may be invisible to the naked eye. However, when the sun hits them, they appear to shimmer, as though they have a special shine. These little hairs are not purely aesthetic though, they actually protect the plant from too much water loss. See why it’s important to manage the water loss here, it can make or break the growth of your succulent dramatically!
  2. These plants can be referred to as evergreens. Their leaves retain their colors through the seasons and have flowers that come out in the warmer months. Too much sun reaching temperatures in excess of 30 degrees C, or freezing temperatures less than 4 degrees C, could affect the healthy look of your plant. The wide range of temperatures in between are alright for your plant to grow and thrive.
  3. For the most part, water will do the trick in keeping this plant alive and happy. Fertilizer is really only necessary if you notice that the plant has turned a little pale. Even then, a little bit will go a long way. Simple changes with lighting in this scenario may be all that this plant needs to get its mojo back.
  4. This succulent is self-pruning, saving you time on keeping it looking pretty. At most, all you may need to do is pick out the odd dead leaf, or blossoms which have run their course. Picking out the dead leaves prevents rot or disease taking over the plant.
  5. Another fact about Echeveria Pulvinata is that it brings in the birds. When it is in flower, and when planted outdoors, hummingbirds are attracted to these plants. They help with pollination and help make the garden a little bit more interesting.
  6. This plant is ideal to keep indoors if you have pets, and if those pets are curious around your plants. It is non-toxic making it safe. Children are also safe around this plant. See if it’s safe for your furry friends here.
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The Stunning Features of the Echeveria Pulvinata

This succulent comes in different sizes, from small and cute for your indoor pot to a sprawling plant that can get up to 12 inches tall.

You will enjoy this succulent the most when it comes into bloom. It has flowers that come in various shades of yellow and orange. These flowers have a distinctive bell shape. Tall shoots come through the plants and the flowers bloom from the stems over a period of time. They make a statement, standing out from the crowd in the most attractive way. The leaves, however, are something to behold and sometimes also include deep and dark reds hues.

Varieties That You Can Choose From

Echeveria Pulvinata has several variants that you can choose from, and here are two of the most loved.

Ruby

Ruby, which also goes by the names Red Velvet, Ruby Blush or Ruby Slippers. A touch of color may be all that your garden needs, and this stands out succulent offers just that. Normally, plants get their color from flowers which bloom just once a year, though, with this plant, it is the leaves that offer the first dash of color. Like typical Echeveria pulvinate plants, it has fine white hairs covering the leaves. The difference here is that the tips and margins of the leaves have a deep red color, meaning the leaves are both green and red. This succulent is sure to make heads turn.

Frosty

Frosty, which is also known as the White Chenille Plant is a brilliant succulent that will thrive anywhere you plant it. The tiny white hairs are quite visible on this plant, giving it a ‘frosty’ look as though it will turn into a different plant if it spends some time in the warmth and defrosts. The leaves of this succulent are all green. Normally, it begins as a small succulent though it can grow into a large plant that reaches 12 cm in height. The blooms for this plant burst out through footlong brown stems, normally towards the very end of the cold season.

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Now you know the reason that this succulent is so popular. First, it looks great and differentiates itself from any basic green plant. Caring for this succulent is pretty simple, as it can easily thrive outdoors as well as indoors. For light, a little bit goes a long way so a spot in the shade is most ideal. This is because their delicate leaves are prone to sunburn. You can make it a permanent feature in your garden by growing it directly on the ground.

If you want to enjoy it indoors as well, a pot would be a great option then you can move it indoors for the colder seasons. This plant rambles, meaning that it spreads all around when growing. With this unique feature, outdoors, it can make excellent groundcover, and indoors, you can enjoy its beauty in a hanging basket as well as your typical pot.

See more indoor succulents here.

Thinking about Grabbing Your Own Echeveria Pulvinata?

Why not add this beautiful echeveria succulent in your own succulent garden? We’re sure this will be a great addition to your already amazing garden. See if we have this succulent here if not please let us know and we’ll be sure to get it into our inventory for you!

Also if you need help on taking care of your succulents, we have new ebooks out ready for you to learn everything you need. We have tons of articles on our site that cover the same topics but we consolidated all of those articles into easy to digest ebooks. View all of them here.

Is Aloe Vera a Succulent? (Beginners Guide)

Is Aloe Vera a Succulent?

Being the plant enthusiast you are, the aloe vera hasn’t escaped your attention, right? Of course not!

This is just one of those plants that are easy to come across – especially for someone like you with a little bit of interest in this front. Even if you weren’t remotely looking into plants, you sure might have bumped into it at the office or a friend’s place. It’s only natural for a plant that is not only beautiful but also with a range of benefits. Definitely an asset. What do you say?

Oh, and the beloved aloe can also be eaten. Surprise surprise!

All that gritty about the awesomeness of aloe vera plant is a few paces down. For now…

Is aloe vera plant a succulent? To better answer this question, a bit of a refresher (or a primer, it depends) on succulents.

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A Recap of Succulents

Succulents are plants with fleshy leaves. These leaves are an adaptation for storing water over long periods of time. In other succulent species, it’s the stem with this adaptation and in most cases, the leaves are tiny and neede like.

And that means succulent plants can grow and survive long periods of drought relying only on the stored water for vital processes. Drier soil conditions are better for them. So natural habitats are the arid and semiarid areas. A hardy lot this is!

But deserts aren’t the only places they grow nowadays. They’re in homes and offices all around the world! Putting up their bravery in giving these spaces an extra beautiful finishing with their wide range of colors, shapes and sizes.

So, does the aloe vera plant measure up to this description?

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Inside of aloe vera @aloeveracrete

Aloe Vera as a Succulent

Yes, it sure does. Aloe vera plant is so much a succulent!

From the leaves to its origin, and therefore the best conditions it can thrive in, it checks all the boxes of succulent plant tendencies. The plant leaves are thick and fleshy, a perfect possession for a plant native to the largely dry Arabian Peninsula. The same dry soil conditions are evident in its other native lands in the north and south Africa.

So for a houseplant, its care is very much identical to that of a regular succulent houseplant. Nothing demanding. In fact, too much attention, especially with the water, is a quick way to kill an aloe vera plant. You must be careful watering your plant and only water when it’s needed.

Remember, neglect for succulents is actually okay!

To be safe, here’s a quick peak at how to correctly nurture an aloe vera plant to ensure a beautiful and healthy growing life.

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Aloe vera much sticker @turtlessoup

Moderate Watering

With the desert adaptations, too much water is the last thing an aloe vera plant will need. It already has quite an amount stashed in those leaves.

But a little addition of it at spread out periods is definitely welcome. So you’ll do well (the aloe vera plant too) if you allow the top of the soil mix to dry out between watering. That’s ideally 2-4 weeks depending on the conditions of your area.

The frequency further reduces when winter kicks in.

Well-Draining Soil Mix

This is all part of trying to steer clear of long term wetness in the roots (say hello to root rot). The potting medium should drain out quick to give those roots their peaches and cream – dryness.

So be sure to grab a commercial cacti and succulent mix that is perfect in drainage. Or create your own well-draining mix by combining measured quantities of regular potting soil, coarse sand and pumice.

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Aloe vera soaking up the sun @naotemdinheirouseaimaginacao

Bright Sunlight

Aloe vera plants love the sun served bright every few hours per day. If you’re having it indoors, keep it near a south-facing window to get it’s fix of the sun. Remember to rotate the pot every 6 months to prevent stretching out or etiolated.

Outdoors, give your plant a dose of up to four hours of sunlight daily – under a shade. Please don’t have it under direct sunlight as this can greatly harm your beautiful aloe vera plant.

Room Temperature is Fine

You don’t need to worry about maintaining a particular reading. That temperature inside is just fine. No problemo!

Beware though. Super low readings are a bit of a stretch for aloe vera plants. Make a point of bringing the plant inside when winter hits. It will appreciate it and so will you. Nobody wants to water plants in the freezing winter do they? Let us know if you do, you’re a trooper!

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Potted aloe vera @aloeveracrete

Go Ahead and Grow Aloe Vera

Having an aloe plant is far more beneficial than just adding to your decor; although that’s a very nice thing.

Aloe vera plant possesses a myriad of health benefits making it such a valuable plant. Here’s a few that you can benefit from

  • Improves digestion
  • Joint and muscle pain reliever
  • Plays a role in healing of wounds
  • A perfect remedy for nausea
  • Cures gum disease

And so on, you name it!

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Do you know of any other tips on maintaining an aloe vera plant or want to share photos of your own? Leave us a comment below or share your wisdom with other succulent lovers at our Facebook page, Succulent City Plant Lounge!

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Happy planting!

Sedum Morganianum— the Burros Tail Succulent Plant

Sedum Morganianum Burros Tail

You’ll agree with me that in the recent years the popularity of succulents has grown in leaps and bounds. These little chaps are seen in almost everything, from hanging planters like the image below to boutonnieres. The succulent fandom is not only sweeping the internet, but also botanical gardens, home décor stores, and plant nurseries.

They’re not only idiosyncratic, cute little plants trending in gardens, but also being used as wedding and home décor nuggets.

The wide plethora of these unique plants leaves a succulent newbie literally spoilt for choice. From the “living pebbles” to the stoic saguaro cacti, succulents are one of the most diverse plant groups.

What if I introduced you to the world of the most sought-after and versatile succulents of our age? Ladies and gentlemen, help me welcome: Mr. Burro’s tail.

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Sedum Morganianum

The burro’s tail is a descendant of the genus Sedum, hailing from the Crassulaceae family. The scientists saw it fit to name it Sedum morganianum. It’s popularly known as the burro’s tail, horse’s tail, lamb’s tail or donkey’s tail. Burro’s tail was thus named because of its pendulous stems and overlapping leaves that resemble an animal’s tail.

This perennial succulent is native to southern Mexico and Honduras. Sedum morganianum has been cultivated since 1935, however, it’s true origin was discovered in 2008 by Mexican botanists in Tenampa, Veracruz. Best used as an indoor hanging plant, burro’s tail is extensively grown as a house plant in Northern America.

Sedum morganianum is an award-winning, ever-green, easy-to-grow succulent with trailing stems arising from the base that may grow up to 3 feet long or more. The burro’s tail scooped the Royal Horticultural Society’s award of Garden Merit in 1993 – even before it’s native origin was discovered!

This attractive succulent has long trailing stems completely covered by thick, lance-shaped leaves that are blue-green in color. Burro’s tail is best grown in suspended pots or containers so that the stems can freely cascade downwards.

Though rare, sedum morganianum produces small, unscented, star-shaped flowers that are pink, red, or lavender in color during spring and summer.

This succulent, mostly thought to be a cactus, has brittle stems with loosely attached leaves that fall off at the gentlest touch. Due to its delicate nature, it’s advisable to keep it away from disturbances.

Sedum morganianum is sometimes confused with the Myrtle Spurge or the Creeping Spurge which is at times erroneously referred to as Donkey’s Tail plant. Myrtle Spurge is a highly poisonous plant that should be handled very cautiously.

The burro’s tail provides an intriguing texture as a houseplant or captivating green exterior in outdoors and landscapes.

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What Makes the Burro’s Tail so Popular?

  • It’s trailing stems covered by fleshy, blue-green leaves overhanging a pot displays a one-of-a-kind indoor aesthetic.
  • The succulent is easy to grow with very little care needed.
  • Simple propagation technique.
  • One can grow it as a houseplant or a garden plant.
  • Sedum morganianum can be grown in a small pot as it grows vertically downwards hence little space is needed.
  • It is pet and toddler friendly.
  • It does not need a lot of water to grow.

How to Take Care of Burro’s Tail Succulent

The burro’s tail is an easy-care succulent, suiting the neglectful plant care lover or the novice gardener. Whether grown out on the garden or as an indoor plant, growing a burro’s tail is quite a snap.

The following conditions are ideal for a healthy Sedum morganianum.

Lighting for Burro’s Tail

These succulents love bright sunlight, either directly or partially. A minimum of four hours is recommended. Avoid setting them up in the very hot sun as the leaves bleach out and turn yellowish instead of the original blue-green color.

Insufficient light will cause the stem to have longer internodes thus lack of leaf compaction giving it a skimpy tail.

When you grow it indoors, place it on a sunny window to ensure absorption of maximum light. Outdoor burros should be shielded from the very hot sun during the growing season to protect them from leaf color bleaching and cringing.

Ideal Climate for Burro’s Tails

In a tropical climate, the burro’s tail can stay outdoors throughout the year. Pull them indoors during freezing winter as they can’t stand it.

Sedum morganianum will grow well in room temperatures during the growing season. Ideal winter temperatures should be anywhere between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Sedum Morganianum @houseplantclub

Watering Burro’s Tail Succulent Plant

The burro’s tail is a succulent, which means it stores water mostly in its leaves. These plants use the stored water for its metabolic processes. They can use this water for quite some time. Therefore, the easiest way to kill a succulent would be overwatering it. Pumping a lot of water on succulents makes it more susceptible to root rot.

Use a watering tool like this to have better control of the amount of water you use.

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The best way of ensuring safe watering of the burro’s tail is by using the “soak and dry” method. This is making sure the soil dries out completely in between watering.

Give it a generous, thorough watering once in two weeks and every week while in its growing season. Reduce watering during winter as these plants are inactive and don’t grow a lot.

A sure-fire way of knowing when next to water your sedum morganianum is by investigating the leaves. Once the leaves begin to shriven, then it needs a drink – a thorough one.

Best Soil for Sedum Morganianum

Like most succulents, the burro’s tail thrives on well-drained soil specific to cacti and succulents. You can create your own well-draining soil mixture by augmenting regular soil with equal parts of pumice or perlite.

Never use pure garden soil on succulents. They hate soaked soil and it is the major cause of root rot. Instead, use grainy soil or mixed garden soil because it’s well-draining and never holds water in. Here’s a great grainy and mixed bag of soil from Bonsai Jack that is highly rated.

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To add a little bit of spice to your sedum morganianum, you can add worm castings to the soil. Burro’s tail fertilizer is really not necessary, but you can feed it twice or thrice only during its growing season. A weak solution of cactus fertilizer will get the job done.

Feeding it once a month is enough and during winter, don’t feed at all. Sedum morganianum doesn’t need any fertilizer during winter because it’s inactive. For a more in-depth guide read our article: “Best Soil for Succulents”.

Propagating Burro’s Tails

Propagating the burro’s tail is a very facile exercise. The plant can be propagated from stem or leaf cuttings. Propagating from leaves is the easiest. Simply pluck a few leaves from the burro’s tail stem and place them in moist soil.

After a few days, the propagated leaves will start to sprout. Once the baby burro’s tails are half an inch, you can transplant them in their own individual pots.

The stem propagation is also quite straight forward. Cut your desired stem-length. Remove the leaves a few inches from the bottom. leave the stem-cutting to dry for one week until it calluses.

Slightly moisten the soil and then plant the cutting. While planting, pin down your plant deep in the soil to avoid pulling off once it becomes heavy. The most important nutrient needed to grow sedum morganianum is lots of sunlight, therefore, place the new propagates near a window.

If you don’t have much experience with propagating succulents or plants in general, be sure to check our in-depth guide on how to propagate succulents successfully.

Repotting Burro’s Tail Succulent Plants

Repotting can always be done if the burro’s tail overgrows its pot or when the pot becomes too old to support the plant. Choose a pot with draining holes to keep your plants dry and easily breathing. We recommend using terra-cotta pots like the ones below as they help with water retention.

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Before repotting, ensure the soil is dry. Gently remove the plant from the current pot. Identify the rotted roots and get rid of them together with the old soil. In case of any cuts on the plant, treat with fungicides. Put the plant in a new pot and cover with well-draining soil. Let the plant remain dry for a week. Slowly begin watering it lightly to prevent root rot.

It is not advisable to repot mature plants severally because of the brittle nature of the plant. Too much handling of the burro’s tail results in plant damage and loss of leaves as they’re very delicate.

Read more with our article: “The Art of Repotting Succulents – the Right Way”.

Burro’s Tails Pests & Problems

Pests

The burro’s tail does not get attacked by a wide range of insects. The most common pests associated with burro’s tail is mealy bugs and aphids. You can hose them off with water or spray with a mixture of 1/5 rubbing alcohol to 4/5 water. If that fails to work, go for Neem oil which is an organic pest control alternative that is simple yet effective.

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Root rot

Only caused by two things; overwatering or poor draining soil. Rotting may also graduate to the stem and crown. In case you notice such, collect the healthy leaves and stem tips and get rid of the rest of the plant.

Low light issues

Insufficient light causes the burro’s tail to have longer internodes with scanty leaves attached to the stem. Prune the weak parts and move the plant to well-lit area and ensure it receives four hours of bright sunlight every day.

Dropping leaves

Not really a problem but it’s nice to know that Sedum morganianum is very brittle and just a slight brush will cause the leaves to drop. Hanging the succulent is best done in places where objects or people can’t brush against it.

Poison Concerns

As per the ASPCA, the burro’s tail does not contain any poison and it’s therefore non-toxic to humans and pets alike. Caution should be taken however, not to confuse the plant with the poisonous Creeping Spurge or Myrtle Spurge which is erroneously referred to as the donkey’s tail.

Tips for Burro’s Tails

A healthy and mature Sedum morganianum plant will yield the longest stems, growing up to 4 feet in length. To grow your burro’s tail really long, observe the following best practices.

  • Give your burro’s tail plenty of Bright sunlight. Not “sun heat.”
  • Avoid overwatering your plant. Give a thorough watering once or twice a month.
  • Keep the plant away from places where people may brush against it.
  • Burro’s tail thrives best in room temperature and doesn’t like freeze winter. Therefore, keep it warm.
  • Use well-draining soil, preferably a commercial cactus mix or your own mixture of garden soil combined with pumice or perlite.

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Where to Buy Burro’s Tails

Sedum morganianum is easily available in plant nurseries and home garden centers. You can also find it online in sites such as Etsy and Amazon. Read our new article about where you can buy succulents for a full in-depth how to.

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There you have it, the Sedum Morganianum succulent plant, also known as the burro’s tail. Be sure to read our other articles if you liked this one. We have more specific articles in the works now, in the meantime, comment your favorite succulent and we’ll write in-depth about it!

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Definitive Guide to Succulents with Orange Flowers

Succulents with Orange Flowers

Have you felt that warm, fuzzy feeling you get when you walk into a room and set your sights on a radiant, orange flower arrangement? Doesn’t it just lift up your spirits and give your life new energy?

That is the healing power of flowers, and especially the color of the flower matters. Orange flowers are known to suggest feelings of enthusiasm and excitement for what lies ahead.

On a slow morning when you can’t seem to get up and function, a look at orange flowers will induce feelings of adventure and spontaneity, renewing your creativity and passion for life. 

Maybe you don’t have the time, patience, or know-how to take care of plants, but you would like to create the energy and good vibes brought about by plants with orange flowers. Here’s where succulents come in.

Not only are they beautiful and available in unique shapes and sizes, but they are low maintenance plants that don’t really mind being abandoned for a while. They are fairly inexpensive and difficult (but possible) to kill, plus you have the choice between leafy, pudgy, spiky, furry, delicate or multi-colored succulents.

With that in mind and the will to have orange in your life, how about getting a succulent with orange flowers?

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Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana—Flowering Kalanchoe

What can be better than a low-maintenance flowering plant that produces orange blooms from mid-January to June? Nothing!

Meet the Kalanchoe blossfeldiana or Flowering Kalanchoe as it is commonly referred to. This evergreen succulent only needs sunlight and the occasional drink of water to stay alive. Growing between 6 and 12 inches tall, this upright-standing plant produces flower bunches in vivid colors such as yellow, red and magenta, and you can get one that produces bright orange blooms.

The flowers have four petals and grow at the top of thin green stems that open up to small finger-like branches. The bright flowers contrast well with the thick waxy, scalloped-edged leaves of the plant. This dazzling succulent is native to Madagascar and enjoys a sunny spot on the windowsill.

Where to Buy Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana

When shopping for a Flowering Kalanchoe, it is better to pick one that has plenty of unopened buds. Being photoperiodic plants, Kalanchoes bloom in response to the length of the day. Let your new Flowering Kalanchoes stand out in these unique wooden racks!

Caring for Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana Succulents

There is a trick to help push the bud development of the flower; by simulating 6 weeks of winter lighting conditions. Keep the plant in a naturally dark room for 14 to 16 hours a day, bringing it out for some morning sunshine for about 10 hours. For those without a room dark enough to simulate night time conditions, you could put the plant in a closet.

Do this for about 6 weeks, and when you see the buds popping out of the foliage, your succulent can literally come out of the closet. If you start this process from about early October, you should have beautiful orange flowers in January!

Kalanchoe plants thrive in well-draining, cacti or succulent mix, like these, and should be placed in bright, indirect light. Just like all other succulents, overwatering is the biggest threat to Kalanchoe. The soil should be allowed to dry completely before watering.

Aren’t the Kalanchoes so beautiful? Check out our article on the Kalanchoe Tomentosa— the Panda Plant for more tips!

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Lobivia Jajoiana var. Nigrostoma

A proud member of the cacti family, the Lobivia Jajoiana is a small succulent that is originally from the provinces of Salta and Jujuy in Northern Argentina. This cactus has a soft stem that can grow either straight up or bending slightly. It has grey-green to dark green leaves that first appear circular in shape, but lengthen as the plant grows older. To allow this stunning cactus to steal the show of your home, place yours in one of these minimalistic planters!

The crown of the plant is slightly pushed down and has a white, wool-like texture. There are about 10 to 14 ribs that run downward with grey-white areoles that have clusters of 3 cm spines sticking out of them.

Lobivia produces stunning flowers from basal tubercles that are located on the top side of the plant. The petals of the flowers can grow up to 7 cm wide and come in an array of intense hues like tomato-red, yellow, and, wait for it… orange. Regardless of the color, all flowers have a thick, dark, purple-violet to black ring around the throat, and boast yellow anthers and purple stamens.

Caring for Nigrostoma Succulent

This outdoor succulent requires as much fresh air as possible as it cannot endure stagnant heat. Lobivia need loads of sunshine and light, and should be watered regularly in the summer. This plant is tolerant to most temperatures, with the daytime heat and nighttime cold working well for its health. If kept dry, it can survive frost well, managing temperatures of -5° C. We found these awesome hanging pots that your Lobivia Jajoianas would look great in. Try hanging them on your front porch!

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Echinopsis Chamaecereus—Peanut Cactus

What is small, green, and looks like a peanut? That’s right, a Peanut Cactus! Scientifically named Echinopsis chamaecereus, the Peanut Cactus is from the mountainous regions of Argentina, and has been spotted growing at elevations of over 1200 meters (4000 feet). This low- growing succulent can mature to 15cm (6 inches) tall and has many cylindrical, finger-like stems that crawl on the surface of the potting soil.

The stems of this succulent appear pale-green in color and are really soft, making this an ideal plant to have around curious children. When the plant is still young, the shoots resemble an unshelled peanut, hence giving it the name Peanut Cactus.

This popular ornamental cactus produces bright orange flowers that are shaped like a funnel and appear pretty large as compared to the size of the plant. The cactus blooms in large numbers all through spring and summer. To keep the peanut theme going, we found these adorable peanut pots to house your Echinopsis Chamaecereus! If not your style, we think these rustic metal pots will look just as good in your home!

How to Care for the Peanut Cactus

The Peanut Cactus flowers easily indoors if kept in the right conditions and does not require a lot of care. It works well when you let the soil dry at least halfway down the pot before you have to water it again. During the winter, the plant may have a red tinge and look shriveled, but by spring time, it will plump up and get back to its normal shape and color. It is advisable to place your Peanut Cactus near a window where it can make the most of the light.

The size and shallow roots of this succulent make it better suited in an eccentric container or hanging basket, rather than in the garden.

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So whether you’re a busy student with odd hours of work and play or a hard-working professional with a demanding schedule, you could still bring the power of orange flowers to your home or office with a succulent.

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If you already have a succulent in mind that you would like to have, how about taking a look at our guide on How to Successfully Grow Indoor Succulents, along with our list of Top 8 Succulent Terrariums! And for additional succulents to add into your home, check out The Soft Monkey Tail Cactus

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