Carex buchananii

Leather Leaf Sedge, Red Fox Sedge, Sedge

The grasslike ornamental sedges offer a dizzying choice of colored stripes and textures, with over 1000 species and even more cultivars. Their flat, curved or folded leaf-blades often have sharp edges -- hence the botanical name, from the Greek word keiros, to cut. Natives of bog and moor, they need wet to moist soil. Plant by a garden pond for colorful reflections, or accent a deck or patio with potted sedges. Their rhizomes produce both short sterile shoots and long, solid fertile ones. Some species, particularly Carex riparia, are invasive, so locate them with care. Grow more plants by dividing in spring, or sowing ripe seed.
Carex buchananii, Leather Leaf Sedge, Red Fox Sedge, Sedge
You will either love this singular sedge for its bright bronzy red leaf blades and curly tips, or worry that it looks dead. Its rustic earth tones are a useful addition to the garden color palette.

Attributes - Carex buchananii

Plant Type: Perennial

Foliage: Evergreen

Height: 2 ft. to 3 ft.

Width: 2 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Climate: Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Notes: Thrives in Wet Soil.

Related Plants

Carex 'Frosted Curls', Carex elata 'Bowles Golden', Carex morrowii 'Gilt', Carex morrowii 'Goldband', Carex siderostica 'Variegata'
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