Donkey's Tail Succulent
Plant Care,  Succulents and Cacti

Donkey’s Tail Succulent

Donkey’s Tail Succulent Summary

In general the donkey’s tail succulent is a very easy to care for succulent that does not need a lot of special care, just make sure it has plenty of indirect sunlight, sits in a well draining cactus and succulent mix and is not overwatered.

Donkey’s Tail Succulent Care Summary

Light needs:Plenty of indirect sunlight, will tolerate some direct sunlight.
Watering needs:Let the soil dry out before watering again.
Fertilizer:Not necessary but can encourage growth, use a well diluted cactus and succulent feed in summer.
Soil:A standard cactus and succulent compost.
Humidity: 40%. Will do fine in normal household humidity levels.
Temperature:Warm household temperatures, 18-25°C (64-77°F), and will tolerate temperatures down to about 10°C (50°F). 
Where to buy:Try our list of Rare Plant Shops.
Other names:Sedum morganianum, burro’s tail, lamb’s tail.
Common issues:Over and under watering.


Welcome to our guide to the donkey’s tail succulent aka sedum morganianum or even the burro’s tail or lamb’s tail is a trailing succulent plant originally from Mexico.

Light Needs

Donkey’s tails love a lot of indirect sunlight and will also tolerate some direct sunlight too – they are sun loving succulents. Put it in a bright window in your home.

How Often to Water A Donkey’s Tail

Let your sedum morganianum dry out fully before watering it again. They are succulents and do not like to sit in water. Water them thoroughly, but do not water again until all the soil is dry.

Donkeys Tail Succulent


You do not need to feed you donkeys tail succulent, they will do just fine without it. But can you can encourage faster growth if you feed them once a month in the summer months with a cactus and succulent feed. Dilute it down by twice as much as it says on the box to begin with to be safe as sedums like this can be sensitive.


A standard cactus and succulent compost is great for a donkey’s tail, as they need very good drainage and don’t like to sit in water.

For more on which cactus and succulent compost to buy or how to make you own, see our guide: Succulent Soil.

When To Repot

Repot your donkeys tail in spring if it needs it is really root bound. However they do ok with crowded roots, and given that you can damage the plant and lose lots of leaves by repotting – do so as little as possible.

If you do repot and your plant sheds lots of leaves you can use them propagate more plants, see our article Succulent Propagation for more info.


50% humidity is good. But they’ll be ok in a lot less. You do not need to give these plants any extra care with regard to humidity, they are succulents and will do fine in normal household humidity levels.

Donkeys Tail Succulent


Donkey’s tails thrive in warm household temperatures, 18-25°C (64-77°F), and will tolerate temperatures down to about 10°C (50°F). So just don’t let them get too cold at night and they will do well.

Where To Buy A Donkey’s Tail

You can buy donkey’s tails aka burro’s tails at many plant shops and florists, so support your local plant seller where you can. If not try Etsy.

Other Names for Donkey’s Tail

Sedum morganianum, burro’s tail, lamb’s tail.

Donkey’s Tail Succulent FAQs and Common Problems

Most issues with donkeys tails occur from over or under-watering. Withering leaves or yellow leaves, as well as leaves falling off all occur from watering problems. Check if the plant is under or overwatered (check the soil first) and then treat accordingly – soak the plant and water regularly if underwatered. And if really over watered, take the plant out of it’s soil, let the roots dry and repot in dry soil.

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