Leatherleaf sedge

Carex buchananii

Photo/Illustration: 
Daryl Beyers
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Leatherleaf sedge (Carex buchananii)
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Genus:  Carex
Two-foot-tall, stiff, orange-brown blades curve at the end like a shepherd’s staff. Burnished red-bronze foliage, which fades to flax at the tips, gives off a warm glow when backlit by the sun.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Self-seeds modestly, and by the third year, the mother plant may die back.
Care:  Grow in fertile, moist or wet soil in sun or part shade.
Propagation:  Sow seed in containers and overwinter in a cold frame. Divide between spring and early summer.
Problems:  Rust, smut and leaf spot. Aphids are possible.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Slow Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Self Seeds,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Fall
Flower Color
Brown Flower
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Naturalizing,
Roadside
Style
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Rushes and Sedges

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