nugget has just discovered this plant. see the tight, full tendrils near the top? now see the barren, battered ones farther down? they didn’t stand a chance against la nug, the cats or the dog.
it’s a burro’s tail, a sedum morganianum. if you so much as glance sideways at it, a dozen or so of it’s plump little leaves jump off onto the floor. i scoop them up and toss them back in the planter where they sprout into new plants.
i rescued this plant from the grocery store. it was in the florist’s graveyard, a bargain at 99 cents, nestled amongst spent azaelas, bloomless orchids or withered mums, whatever the then past-peak seasonal plant was. when exactly was burro’s tail seasonal? cinco de mayo? i think i actually brought home two, scraggly 4-inch hanging pots. here they are now, i don’t know how many years later, 27 inches in all their glory.
after sending countless visitors home with leaves to start their own plants, i started keeping a supply of mini pots on hand. i’ve always got an aloe, a burro’s tail or a jade plant to send home with someone.
i love this plant. i hate that when we move i’ll likely chop off it’s long trailing stems before packing it up. i hope it forgives me.