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Leatherleaf sedge

Carex buchananii

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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 CharacteristicsSelf-seeds modestly, and by the third year, the mother plant may die back.

CareGrow in fertile, moist or wet soil in sun or part shade.

PropagationSow seed in containers and overwinter in a cold frame. Divide between spring and early summer.

ProblemsRust, smut and leaf spot. Aphids are possible.

  • Genus : Carex
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Uses : Containers
  • Bloom Time : Fall
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Characteristics : Self Seeds, Showy Foliage
  • Growth Rate : Slow
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest

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