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Carex buchananii

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Characteristics

Plant type

Grass-like

Habit

Clump-forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Brown in Summer

Foliage

Brown and Orange in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

leatherleaf sedge

Family

Cyperaceae


Carex can be deciduous or evergreen, rhizomatous or tufted perennials, with triangular stems bearing linear or strap-shaped leaves and short or long spikes of tiny green or brown flowers

C. buchananii is a tufted perennial to 75cm, with narrow, evergreen, orange-brown, arching leaves with curling tips, and brown flowering spikes in late summer

Synonym(s)

  • Carex 'Buchanni'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Easy to grow in most well-drained fertile soils. Will not tolerate excessive winter wet and avoid extremes of wet and dry

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Chalk, Loam or Clay

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in containers in a cold frame in spring or by division in early summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Banks and Slopes, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Ground Cover, Low Maintenance, Patio/Container Plants, Prairie Planting or Gravel Garden


How to care

Pruning

In summer cut out any dead leaves

Pests

Susceptible to damage from aphids

Diseases

Generally disease free