Is a Donkey Tail Succulent Invasive?

A cute donkey tail succulent with rows of vivid green leaves. Was it intrusive? Make sure you buy the proper plant!

Garden expert Melinda Myers says, “Depending on the region, some gardeners prize this plant and others avoid it for its invasiveness. 

Many western states restrict donkey tail or myrtle spurge (Euphorbia myrsinites) because it spreads quickly and crowds out native flora. It prefers heat, sunshine, and well-draining soil in Zones 4–8. 

Yellow-green or green bracts surround branch-tip yellow star-shaped blooms. It spreads quickly and can destroy a garden. Remove dying flowers to prevent seeding.

It may surprise you that some plants are called donkey tail. The more common succulent, Sedum morganianum (burro's tail), thrives indoors year-round.

 Please check the botanical name to guarantee you are buying the right plant! Remember that this succulent rarely blooms as a houseplant.

This sedum should be planted in an outdoor succulent garden in early spring or when temperatures are above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. This plant won't take over like myrtle spurge. 

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