Carex buchananii
Garden Plant Information

Carex buchananii

 

Carex buchananii - close-up

 

Carex buchananii - with chickens

Name

Carex buchananii (also called leatherleaf sedge)

Genus  

Carex

Species

buchananii

Cultivar/variety

 

General description

Evergreen, arching, tussock-forming sedge in shades of brownish-red. Popular with poultry.

Season of interest

All year round.

Key horticultural features

  1. Habit dense, tussock-forming, arching. H: 75cm S: 390cm

  2. Leaves narrow, slightly in-curled in shades of bronze/brown/red.

  3. Flowers insignificant, followed by closely held seed heads.

Cultural details

Aspect

Full sun to partial shade.

Soil

Moisture retentive but well drained.

Hardiness

Fully hardy.

Maintenance

Use a small hand fork to comb out old growth in spring. Cut back in spring if the plant is becoming untidy.

Propagation

Divide in spring or sow seed. Will self seed, giving a supply of seedlings to be potted up, or treat as weeds.