Carex buchananii 'Red Rooster'

Carex buchananii ‘Red Rooster’

New zealand leatherleaf sedge

  • Botanical name: Carex buchananii 'Red Rooster'
  • Common name: New zealand leatherleaf sedge
  • Family: Cyperaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Evergreen

Carex buchananii ‘Red Rooster’ is a superb evergreen plant, bearing long, triangular, fine-textured leaves, which flex gracefully in the breeze. It’s ideal for growing in a mixed perennial border, a gravel garden among other grasses, or even as a feature plant in a container. It’s extremely versatile, tolerating most soil types and aspects, although it prefers full sun. It’s disease- and pest-resistant, and low-maintenance.


For best results grow Carex buchananii ‘Red Rooster’ in moist but well-drained soil, in sun to partial shade. Like most perennial grasses, it benefits from a tidy up in spring to remove dead foliage and encourage new growth.

How to grow Carex 'Red Rooster'

  • Plant size

    60cm height

    60cm spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, east facing, south facing, west facing

  • Position in border


  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade, partial shade, full shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist / chalky / alkaline / acidic / boggy

Plant calendar

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Do not Divide in January

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Do not Prune in January

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Do not Prune in December

Carex 'Red Rooster' and wildlife

Carex 'Red Rooster' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Carex 'Red Rooster' poisonous?

Carex 'Red Rooster' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Carex 'Red Rooster'