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Carex buchananii (photo courtesy of Proven Winners)
Carex buchananii (photo courtesy of Proven Winners)

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Carex buchananii

Leather Leaf Sedge
Cyperaceae
Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants

CAREX

Large group of grasslike, clumping plants found worldwide and grown for foliage effect in borders, rock gardens, containers, and water gardens (flowers are generally insignificant); some are used as lawn substitutes, as large-scale groundcovers, or for erosion control. Long, narrow evergreen leaves are often striped or oddly colored. Specialists offer many varieties. Although characteristically found in damp soils, many sedges will grow under relatively dry conditions in cultivation. Many are short-lived in gardens so are used as annuals.

Carex buchananii

From New Zealand. Grows to 3 ft. tall, 2–2 1/2 ft. wide. Curly-tipped, erect blades form a clump of striking reddish bronze. Use with gray foliage or with deep greens.

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