Carex buchananii 'Red Rooster'

New Zealand leatherleaf sedge

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Plant type

Hardy perennial


Dramatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

A superb evergreen plant, great for a mixed perennial border, for show-stopping block planting, or even as a feature plant in a container. It's extremely versatile, tolerating almost any soil, (even boggy) and aspect. Its narrow, triangular blades are bronze-red and flex gracefully in the breeze. It is disease- and pest-resistant and being evergreen it is very low-maintenance.

Family: Cyperaceae

Genus: Carex

Species: buchananii

Cultivar: Red Rooster

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Foliage colour: Bronze

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to divide plants: April to June

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