Carex buchananii

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 2 Professionals
Common Name: leatherleaf sedge
Type: Rush or Sedge
Family: Cyperaceae
Native Range: New Zealand
Zone: 6 to 9
Height: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: Flowers not showy
Bloom Description: Silvery green
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium to wet
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Rain Garden
Flower: Insignificant
Leaf: Colorful, Good Fall, Evergreen
Other: Winter Interest
Tolerate: Deer

Culture

Leather leaf sedge grows best in moist, fast-draining soil in full sun to partial shade. Its showy red-brown foliage is most striking when planted in groups of 3 or more and will remain attractive year-round. Plants grown in Zone 6 may require protection during the winter. Propagate this sedge through seed or division in the spring. It is also known as curly sedge.

Noteworthy Characteristics

This sedge makes an interesting water garden, container or specimen plant. It is also attractive in borders and rock gardens.

Problems

Leather leaf sedge is short-lived (2 to 3 years) making it less desirable for mass permanent plantings. Aphids and mealy bugs may be a problem in dense clumps, especially in hot climates. It may be slow to establish after transplanting.

Garden Uses

This sedge makes an interesting water garden, container, or specimen plant. It is also attractive in borders and rock gardens.