Sedeveria Harry Butterfield: Care and Propagation Guide

Sedeveria Harry Butterfield is a very sought-after succulent due to its very interesting looks. It creates a cascading display as it grows, as the stems are very droopy and grow to great lengths.

The leaves are vivid green and very thick. They almost look like bunches of grapes as they are packed tightly together in rosettes. At the ends of the cascading stems are tubular flowers. They are usually light yellow.

Its distinct appearance has earned it the nickname ‘super burro’s tail’ or ‘super donkey tail’.

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How To Care For Sedeveria Harry Butterfield

If you have fallen in love with the beautiful leaves and equally gorgeous flowers of Sedeveria Harry Butterfield and want to bring it home, you must also educate yourself on how to grow and care for it.

Here are a few tips that will be useful:


Sedeveria Harry Butterfield grows best in locations where they will enjoy the full sun at least six or more hours per day. Most species will tolerate partial shade but will not thrive in deep shade.

As much as it loves light, make sure to protect it from very harsh direct sun rays that can potentially harm the leaves.

When indoors, keep the succulent in a sunny window or under grow lights.

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Sedeveria Harry Butterfield is quite drought tolerant but does need some water. They do their best with weekly watering from spring through fall, but may require more in extremely hot weather or if planted in a container.

Like any other succulents, Sedeveria Harry Butterfield does not tolerate waterlogging. Excess water must be able to drain freely or be poured out of the planter after watering because wetness quickly leads to root rot in these succulents.

Wait until the soil is completely dry between watering. Newly planted Sedeveria Harry Butterfield should be watered daily for the first couple of weeks.


The ideal soil for Sedeveria Harry Butterfield is a substrate mixture of nutrient-poor soil and mineral components. A substrate for succulents should be well permeable to water so that no water can accumulate after watering. This can be achieved by mixing 60% succulent soil (also called cactus soil) and 40% mineral components, such as gravel or perlite, lava rocks and some quartz sand.

The open-pored mineral components, perlites and granules support the airflow and crumb structure of the substrate, they store the nutrients and moisture but allow excess water to flow quickly after watering.


Sedeveria Harry Butterfield can tolerate freezing temperatures. Most are cold hardy in USDA hardiness zones 5a to 9b, -20 to 30 °F (-28.9 to -1.1 °C). Some species will tolerate temperatures down to USDA hardiness zone 4a, -30 °F (-34.4 °C). Sedeveria Harry Butterfield is also tolerant of heat and drought.

Keep indoor Sedeveria Harry Butterfield at temperatures between 60 and 70 °F (15 and 20 °) through the winter. When temperatures drop below 50 °F (10 °C), plants start to go dormant.

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Sedeveria Harry Butterfield prefers lean conditions. In fact, unless your soil is extremely poor, it may be best to avoid fertilizer at all. If you do need to add some nutrients to the soil, it is best to apply an organic fertilizer at half-strength during the growing season or a light layer of compost.

Chemical fertilizers tend to cause stretching and flopping on taller varieties. Mulch should not be applied up against the base of the plant because this can cause rot.

Pruning Sedeveria Harry Butterfield

Sedeveria Harry Butterfield is very low maintenance and pruning isn’t necessary. You can clean them up a bit after winter by removing any dead or damaged branches or foliage; this will also help keep your succulent healthy.

For Sedeveria Harry Butterfield, pinch new growth in spring to promote branching and shorter growth; this will help keep them from getting leggy and drooping. Deadheading the succulent in fall isn’t necessary, as the flower heads provide fall and winter interest.

Ground cover types can be trimmed to stay within their boundaries. If you don’t want seedlings from these creeping varieties, the flower heads can be removed after blooming in summer.

How to Propagate Sedeveria Harry Butterfield

Sedeveria Harry Butterfield can be propagated by division, cuttings, or seed.

For Sedeveria Harry Butterfield, division is the easiest and is best done in early spring. Dig the plant up and divide it into wedges, making sure to get some new budding areas within each section. Replant the sections. Sedeveria Harry Butterfield can be divided every few years.