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Veronica 'Hocus Pocus' PP23853

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Series Name: MAGIC SHOW® Collection
Common Name: Speedwell-Spike
Proven Winners® Perennial

At Walters Gardens, Inc., we often challenge our hybridizers to come up with the fantastic plants we dream up and seemly like magic, they come through for us!  There’s certainly a little magic in this new Veronica. 

Incredibly long, violet purple wands of brilliant color comprise the top 2/3 of ‘Hocus Pocus’, much larger than any comparable variety.  It is easy to pick out from a distance when driving by our trial gardens, even when we’re driving a little too fast! 

This plant really has everything we could ask for in a Veronica: incredibly showy flowers, a uniform habit, clean foliage, and branched flowers which result in a longer bloom time.  At 16-20in tall, it makes the perfect pot plant for retail.  This one is hard to top! 

Click here to watch a video about Proven Winners® Veronicas.

 

*The MAGIC SHOW® trademark is owned by Walters Gardens, Inc.

Intro Year: 2010

Breeder: Kevin Hurd

Introducer: Walters Gardens, Inc.

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  16-20 Inches
Spread:
  12 Inches
Flower Color:
  Purple shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
4,5,6,7,8
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
  Consistent water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Early summer
  Midsummer
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Cottage
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Cut flower or foliage
Mass Planting
Salt Tolerant
Long blooming
Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

This perennial is tolerant of a wide range of well-drained soil types. Amending soils, especially very heavy and light types, with generous amounts of organic matter will result in improved performance. Although tolerant of partial shade, it will flower better in full sun. Deadheading will promote additional blooms. Shear back the foliage if it becomes worn-looking after flowering.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Leucanthemum superbum 'Banana Cream' PP23181 CPBR4203
Common Name: Shasta Daisy
5,6,7,8,9
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Delphinium NEW MILLENNIUM™ 'Stars'
Common Name: Delphinium-Hybrid Bee
3,4,5,6,7
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Hemerocallis 'Going Bananas' PP17164 CPBR3454
Common Name: Daylily
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Campanula 'Dickson's Gold'
Common Name: Bellflower
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Coreopsis 'Mercury Rising' PP24689
Common Name: Tickseed
5,6,7,8,9
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.