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Fox Red Curly Sedge

Carex buchananii

Striking clumps of reddish bronze foliage that fades to flax at the tips, giving off a warm glow when back-lit by the sun. This versatile sedge thrives in damp areas around ponds and water gardens yet can tolerate dry spells, when established. A great choice for a dramatic foliage effect in borders and containers. Evergreen.
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Botanical PronunciationKAH-reks bu-kan-AN-ee-eye
LoreCarex 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 caricology, stemming from the Latin word caricologia.
Average Size at MaturitySlowly forms clumps 2 to 3 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; prized for foliage.
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorBrown
Foliage ColorBronze
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage, Rustic
Growth HabitClumping
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Green Roof, Mass Planting, Very Wet Areas, Water Garden, Coastal Exposure, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Tolerates Wet Soils, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Companion PlantsClethra (Clethra); Forsythia (Forsythia); Fothergilla (Fothergilla); Iris (Iris); Cardinal Flower (Lobelia)

Easy to grow in enriched, moist, well-drained soils. Tolerates full sun and brief drought in coastal areas; shelter from harsh afternoon sun and maintain evenly moist soil in hot summer regions. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Remove old, faded foliage for a tidy appearance.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9

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