• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slowly reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
    Blooms:
    Inconspicuous
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:KAR-eks bu-kan-AN-eye
    Plant type:Ornamental Grass
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 9, 14 - 24, 28 - 45
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slowly reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Bronze
    Blooms:Inconspicuous
    Flower color:Brown
    Design IdeasThis sedge is more grass-like than many of its kind. Its natural habitat is low-lying wetlands, usually in association with streams or ponds, but will do very well in a wet meadow. A good choice in poorly drained pockets of dry stream beds or beside large landscape boulders. A good solution for over-splash from rock waterfalls. A beautiful plant for edges of water gardens and tidy enough to work well around the base of a fountain. Great for brightening up that difficult low point in the landscape.
    Companion PlantsClethra (Clethra); Forsythia (Forsythia); Fothergilla (Fothergilla); Iris (Iris); Cardinal Flower (Lobelia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Easy to grow in enriched, moist, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Prefers consistent moisture, but tolerates brief drought, when established. Old foliage may be trimmed for a neat appearance; prune by no more than a third.Pruning time: late winter or early spring. may be divided every 3-4 years, in spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Carex is a genus of plants commonly known as true sedges. There are thousands of species of Carex distributed all over the world. The species Carex buchananii however is native to Zealand. The study of Carex is known as carigology, stemming from the Latin word caricologia.