Uncinia rubra

Hook sedge

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Key information

Plant type

Tender perennial


Dramatic foliage


Half hardy

Skill level


photo by J S Sira, copyright GAP Photos (10282)

Plant details

An unusual sedge, this forms dense clumps of short, arching, grassy, evergreen foliage. Some plants have stronger red tones in the foliage than others, so select the best the colour is strongest on new foliage in late spring. Plants are not fast-growing and look most effective planted in groups as leafy ground cover at the front of a sunny border. Team them with perennial grasses that enjoy similar conditions and avoid planting with anything vigorous that would smother them, as the plants need plenty of sun to thrive.

Family: Cyperaceae

Genus: Uncinia

Species: rubra

Plant type: Tender perennial

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 30cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to divide plants: April to June

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