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Mesmerizing! Voodoo Stonecrop is perhaps the darkest and most dramatic of the groundcover Sedums. This choice Two Row Stonecrop makes a deep mahogany-red carpet of succulent foliage. It holds its color even in the heat of summer, when its starry neon-pink flowers appear. Easy to grow in any sunny spot and surviving on little water, Voodoo looks sharp edging a pathway, topping a retaining wall, or spilling out of a container. It’s also superb under shrubs or taller Spirits, providing a unifying element and discouraging weeds at the same time.
There are hundreds of species of Stonecrops that grow around the world. These sun-loving and drought-tolerant (usually) Spirits can be found in a dizzying array of forms and colors. There are groundhuggers, clumpers, and even a few small shrubs among them. There are Sedums with blue, green, gray, purple, red, and yellow foliage, and Sedums with yellow, white, and pink flowers. Two Row Stonecrop comes from the Caucasus region of eastern Europe and normally has plain green leaves. This dark purple selection is a seed-grown strain that was developed by the international seed company Benary. It was released in 2003.
If you’re a fan of butterflies, then you should consider adding Voodoo Stonecrop to your garden. In fact, pollinators of all types are crazy about its blooms. Butterflies, hoverflies, honeybees, bumblebees, and all sorts of underappreciated native pollinators will come to feed at Voodoo’s dark pink, nectar-rich blossoms in summer.
How to Grow
They don’t call it Live-Forever for nothing! Voodoo Stonecrop, a.k.a. Live-Forever, is about as easy to grow as they come. Simply site it in a sunny, open space in soil that drains well. The two things it won’t abide are deep shade and soggy soil. Cut the flowering stems back after blooming if you find the spent blooms distracting. This will also help the plant put energy into new foliage instead of seed production. Trim any lanky or damaged growth in late winter, before new leaves push out in early spring. Dig and compost clumps that have strayed too far, or move them to another part of the garden.
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