A new succulent in town

Jade's new neighbor Can you find the Burro's Tail?
Besides all of the edible treasures from today’s trip to the Midtown Farmers’ Market, we also took home a small group of succulent cuttings ($2.00). I thought I recognized the plant from my new (old) book, Plants for the Home, purchased at a thrift store for just $0.69. Of the succulents for sale, this was one of the few the woman selling them couldn’t identify. I told her I was pretty certain it was a Burro’s Tail (Sedum morganianum). She kindly wrapped it in newspaper so that the little guy would survive our bike ride home. After some looking around on the internets, I have decided this is most likely a Peperomia columella or Pearly Column and *not* a Sedum morganianum. I’m more than a little disappointed it’s not a Burro’s Tail, which is clearly more fun sounding… but it’s still pretty and will probably grow into long braids one day with proper care. Have you grown either in your home?


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5 comments on “A new succulent in town”

  1. Tom 13 June, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    That’s what you get when you buy non-edibles from the farmers’ market: screwed.

  2. Martha 13 June, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Again… it’s still pretty.

  3. Julie 15 June, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    This definitely looks like a crassula of some variety to me…I am doing a little research and will get back to you! It sure is gorgeous and not your run of the mill. I am always on the look out for rarer succulents, and this is one of them, at least in my area of south Florida! Congratulations on your new little charmer! It is love at first site for me!!! LOL!

  4. Julie 15 June, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    No, you are right…it sure does look like a Peperomia columella!!!!! Very beautiful! I think “Pearly columns” is a sweet name for this gorgeous plant! I will surely keep my eye open for one for myself from here on out! Thanks for showing!

  5. April 20 November, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    I believe this is a Sedum morganianum or as I affectionally like to call it a Donkey’s tail I have a suggestion for EVERYONE who would like to own this oh so sensitive plant. Be very careful with replanting and to position it away from accidental damage. The leaves are prone to fall right of the plant if abused, bumped or moved too much. Good luck my little guy is the most sensitive plant I own!

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