Sedum morganianum Burrito aka Donkey Tail

New cuttings potted up mid April 2018
Early Aug, the growth rate is increasing, once the weather cools a bit it’ll grow faster

First listed by Glasshouse Works in 1988, it’s a species native to eastern Mexico. It’s a smaller, thicker version of Sedum edeveria.

It’s most common use by gardeners is in hanging baskets.

Protect from cold, it prefers temperatures ~ 70’F, anything lower than 45’F will damage or kill plant

Sun to light shade, minimum 4 hours of direct sun daily

Keep damp in growing season, drier in winter

Lightly fertilize

Dropped leaves or yellowing leaves appear if the plant isn’t getting enough light

Tiny red flowers will appear on end of tails

Propagation by cuttings or leaves placed in damp soil and moderate sun. As new growth appears gently cut back on watering and give the plant more sun.

Lepismium Cruciforme Rhipsalis

New cuttings potted up mid April 2018
First flower on the new cuttings
New cuttings getting started
Cuttings in Sept, some progress
Late Nov 2019, still skinny but getting longer

This is one of those plants I stumbled across a photo of and I had to have it. Once it gets going it looks like an octopus trying to escape the flower pot.

A green to red rhipsalis with small tufts of white with red flowers along plant. Flowers will become small red fruits. A happy plant can have trailing stems up to 4′ long. This is a hanging rhipsalis, it’ll need to be up high enough to let the branches trail. Fast growing once it gets started.

Water lightly but do not let get dry, water more in warm weather less in cold weather. Pot must have good drainage

Light shade, will burn in direct afternoon sun, loves bright morning sun best

Protect from cold, 55’F, and from heat greater than 80’F

Propagate from cuttings, let end callous over before planting in damp soil

Endangered in natural habitat, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, so be sure to pass cuttings along to all the gardeners you know

Manfreda maculosa aka Texas Tuberose aka Deciduous Agave

Not quite blooming in the first week of April, but very happy in their new very sunny location

These were relocated last fall, and are starting to fill out now that they’re getting more sun. I’ll add some new photos when they bloom.

The leaf rosettes will fill out to about 3′ and they’ll send up dozens of stalks from each clump in early May (in Houston). Flower stalks are between 4′-6′ tall. Now that they are getting more sun the leaves will become speckled with purple.

They prefer well-drained soil and are drought tolerant once established.

Native to south-eastern Texas through north-eastern Mexico, often found growing wild

Propagate by division and seed

28 known species

Named after an Italian writer, Manfredus de Monte Imperiale

Problems: Really hates being wet, plant in a dry and sunny location

Aeonium arboretum

Aeonium arboreum ‘Zwartkop’ aka Black rose

New cutting late March 2018
New cutting late March 2018
Aeonium arboreum growing in a sidewalk garden in California


Aeonium arboreum

The flowers are actually leaves, in older plants they can be as large as 8″ across. The true flowers are a bright yellow, and look like small daisies. I’ll post photos once it blooms. These just arrived this week. A new batch arrived, I’m trying some outside and some indoors.

Colors vary from red to silvery green, some varieties are only green. Red/green ones will turn redder with more light, summer heat and winter cold, less water, pretty much any stressor. This is true of the Crassulaceae family of plants.

The plant grows long stems with sparse clumps of rosettes. It looks like a small tree when fully grown (~3′)

I’m hoping to grow it outside. I have some indoors, some in the ground and a few in pots outside. I’ll post more information after I see how they do. It’s rated for zones 9-11 so it’s probably best grown as a house plant.

Indoors grow it in full sun, well drained soil, same as you would for any succulent. Outside avoid full afternoon sun. Water it more in the summer, less in the winter, giving it a thorough soaking and letting it go almost dry between waterings. These go dormant in the summer and winter, most growth occurs in the spring and fall. Water less during dormant seasons.

Propagation is by cuttings in early spring. The two plants in the photos are cuttings, I’ve potted them up in wet soil, I’ll let the soil get drier and give them more light over the next few weeks.

The earliest mention of this plant I could find was late 1880s where it is mentioned as a houseplant or plant for warm, dry landscapes.

It’s in the same plant family as jade, Crassulaceae. It’s native to the Canary Islands where it prefers to grow on volcanic hillsides among the rocks.

Outside try to keep the plant between 40’F-80’F.

I’ve read they can handle a gentle frost, We had a frost last week, it is early fall so the ground is still quite warm. The plants seem okay. I’m still working on an upper bound temperature.

Kosmik Kaktus ?


When ever I go to a home warehouse store I wander through the plant section. Sometimes I get lucky. These caught my eye. How could you miss those colors?

I tried to find information on the company but all I could find were blog and forum entries. If you look closely at the turquoise blue one front and center it appears the newer part of the leaves are growing out green. I’m guessing the plants are just painted? idk?

Kosmic Kaktus has been trademarked by Altman Plants in Calif

If you like these, why not? I’ve certainly done worse things to plants over the years. Might be a fun way to horrify your neighbors?

Orchid Cactus ( Epiphyllum oxypetallum ) aka Night blooming cactus

And a spineless cactus she is! This cactus will grow to as tall as 3′ and have 2′ long branches that produce stems and flowers. Although the flat stems look like leaves they are not leaves.

This is the most popular of the houseplants I put outside each summer, I’ve given away cuttings to probably all 100+ houses in the neighborhood.

This can grow as a hanging plant, lots of sun, more water than most cactus, it’s a tropical cactus. I water it about as much as a typical house plant. It can be grown in less than full sun but will bloom more in full sun.

I’ve also seen them upright. Put a thick stake in the middle, with some horizontal pieces at the top. Train the young shoots to grow up the stake and let the branches grow across then fall off the horizontal pieces. It’ll look like an umbrella.

These plants can be mounted and grown with just a small amount of moss around the roots.

Keep the temperature above 40’F. If the temperatures are going below 40’F I take several cuttings and start them inside to put back out in the spring.

If you are having trouble getting yours to bloom try to place it some where a bit chilly for a couple of weeks. Perhaps in a garage or basement near a window or door so it still receives light. Do not let it freeze! Chilly – not cold is what you want.

The flower is heavily scented, opens at night and lasts only one evening.

I’m told they are addictive and looking at the pictures at the link above and below I can see why. If you look online you can find several cuttings for sale cheap with flowers from white to yellow to pinks and reds

String of Pearls ( Asteraceae Senecio rowleyanus)

This is the first String of Pearls I’ve owned in a very long time. The flowers caught my eye, it’s the first one I’d seen in flower. Flowering takes place in the winter. The flowers have a sweet cinnamon scent.

This makes a great house plant despite liking lots of light. The brighter the window the better, mine is in direct afternoon sun and very happy. When the light is right the plant will flower in the winter and the pearls will be close together on the strand, too little light and you’ll see larger gaps between the pearls (leaves).

They are a succulent so be careful not to over water them, especially in the winter months. Treat it as you would a cactus only watering it when the top of the soil is very dry.

It is fairly hardy temperature wise and can handle temperatures occasionally down to 10’F, far lower than any indoor location is likely to get.

Every part of this plant is toxic.

It is a vine, so it is easy to make plants to share, just snip off a bit of a strand, remove pearls so that three or more nodes can be placed in soil and keep moist until it roots. Because it is a succulent let the cuttings dry over night before planting.

The strings will grow 2′-3′ easily and if happy 6′-8′, a bit of trimming will keep the plant lush and prevent it from getting too stringy.

This plant does well in a cactus potting mix.

Native to South Africa

Asteraceae is the sunflower/aster family of plants