Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
Though this plant also goes by the name two-row stonecrop, that doesn’t sound half as exciting as the name Voodoo (Sedum spurium ‘Voodoo’).
This long-lived plant is reliable and trouble free. It was chosen as a Fleuroselect Quality Winner. Fleuroselect is an international association that conducts extensive trials and testing of new flower varieties. Only high-quality plants that have displayed their excellence receive Fleuroselect status. A colorful perennial, Voodoo has a creeping or sprawling growth habit, which makes it perfect as a ground cover.
Around six inches in height, it was named for the intense dark reddish-mahogany leaves. The mounding foliage is present throughout the year. This means it is very suitable for winter gardens.
Voodoo happens to be one of those perennials that are very pretty even when it isn’t in bloom, something we can’t say about all garden plants.
From late spring through mid-summer, the pink to red flowers open.
Best for full sun, Voodoo will grow in partial shade. However, the plants can get weak, and it will just look washed out.
So far as hardiness is concerned, Voodoo is best for zones 3 through 9. It thrives in a neutral to alkaline pH (6.5 to 7.5). Infertile, well drained soils suit it just fine. Unlike many perennials that behave as shrinking violets, Voodoo is equally at home in hot and cold climates.
In the garden it is best to space the plants about a foot apart. With their fast growth rate, they’ll quickly fill the gaps. Voodoo is ideal for sunny banks and other areas where you don’t wish to mow. Voodoo would also make a wonderful rock garden plant. In addition, this stonecrop is a good choice for container gardens, as it provides color year-round.
Voodoo is also a favorite for roof gardens. Being unpalatable to deer, it is a good choice where deer pressure is high. Easy to grow, Voodoo serves as a butterfly plant.
Unlike some named varieties of succulents, Voodoo can be grown from seed. Most others can only be grown from cuttings. If you’re just starting your succulent collection, seed is usually the more economical way to go. Depending on the temperature, the seeds may take several weeks to germinate. Plants won’t bloom until the second year because the plants need some exposure to cold to induce flowering.
Very drought resistant, Voodoo shouldn’t be overwatered. If the plants appear leggy and overgrown, chances are they might be getting too much water or too much shade.