The sedum burrito plant is a sport of the Sedum morganianum. This succulent acts like a vine, with trailing stems hanging down as it grows.
This succulent plant is in the Crassulaceae family and is native to Mexico and Honduras. It isn’t abundant in the wild.
Sedum morganianum burrito is only found in a few limited locations in nature. So, it is considered to be a microendemic species. The species could be endangered if its environment were wiped away.
It is grown around the world as a houseplant. Sedum burrito is often planted in hanging baskets, allowing its vines to hang down.
It is easy to grow, but its delicate leaves can break off if mishandled.
Some refer to the burrito sedum as “donkey tail” or “burro’s tail.”
But, Sedum morganianum burrito has shorter leaves than a burro’s tail plant. The leaves are also blunter at the ends. Both types of sedum succulents have the same care requirements, though.
The perennial can produce stems up to 24″ inches long. It has won the Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society.
Sedum Burrito Care
Size & Growth
Sedum burrito is known as a soft succulent. The green leaves are plump and bead-like. The rounder leaves are packed tightly on stems that can grow up to 2′ feet long.
If allowed to mature for more than 5 years, the stems may grow up to 4′ feet long in length
You need to plant a burro’s tail in a sturdy container. These plants can become quite heavy because the leaves store so much moisture.
Sedum burrito isn’t ideal for flimsy hanging planters.
The stems are thick and look like braided cylinders. The plant grows to about 8″ inches tall and spreads about 20″ inches.
Flowering and Fragrance
The sedum burrito’s blue-green leaves are beautiful on their own. They have a waxy coating on them, which you can rub off with your fingers. The leaves do not have a scent.
But these plants do produce flowers in the spring. When the weather is cool throughout the winter, the succulent is more likely to bloom once the weather gets warm.
Sedum morganianum burrito may produce star-shaped, magenta flowers in the early summer. The flowers grow in clusters of 1 to 6 flowers on slender stems.
They have bright yellow stamens and light pink sepals. Their nectar attracts flying insects.
These succulents do not flower until they are mature and their stems are at least nine inches long.
Light & Temperature
Sedum burrito plants prefer lots of bright light. They can tolerate some shade in the afternoon as long as they’re getting at least six hours of direct sunlight.
If you grow the plants indoors, make sure that they get plenty of indirect light.
Without bright light the plant may not grow in as full or as tight. If plants get too much sunlight, the leaves may appear yellow instead of bluish-green.
Burrito thrives in USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b allowing .you to grow these succulents outdoors.
These plants prefer warmer weather and do well as long as they don’t freeze.
They can tolerate temperatures that drop to 30° to 50° degrees Fahrenheit. This plant is more likely to flower if you grow it outdoors as opposed to indoors.
Don’t expose it to temperatures lower than 55° degrees Fahrenheit if you can help it.
Watering and Feeding
Succulents such as sedum burrito don’t need a lot of water. Plant this species in well-draining soil. Water it using the soak-and-dry method.
When the soil is completely dry, give it a good drenching with water. Wait for it to dry out thoroughly, which might take a few weeks, before watering again.
Sedum burrito thrives on neglect. You do not have to do much to care for it. You may fertilize the plant lightly once or twice during the growing season.
You don’t need to feed it during the winter.
Sedum burrito goes dormant in the cooler seasons. It cannot tolerate overwatering during that time. If the leaves become soft, the roots may be getting too much water.
Porous Soil & Transplanting
Plant this succulent in a loose potting soil that drains well. You can add sand or pebbles to the soil to ensure that it won’t hold too much water.
If plants begin to outgrow their current pot, transplant them in the spring before the growing season.
Grooming and Maintenance
Other than watering you don’t need to do much to maintain it. These plants don’t need any pruning.
Avoid touching the leaves too much because they are so delicate.
How to Propagate Sedum Burrito
If a node does break off of your plant, you can propagate it to grow another one.
Snap off a leaf, and lay it down on a bed of soil. Plant it when roots begin to grow.
You can propagate a Sedum morganianum burrito faster by removing an entire stem. Strip the bottom of the stem of leaves.
When the end of the stem has calloused over, plant it in soil.
Sedum Morganianum Burrito Pests or Diseases
Sedum burrito plants have few problems. They can become infested with succulent mealybugs.
But, if you inspect the stems for these pests and wipe them off before they become a problem, your succulents should last for years.