Leather leaf sedge

Carex buchananii


The Leather leaf sedge is a dense clumping perennial comprised of striking orange-bronze colored blades that reach 2-3 ft. tall and have curly tips. This colorful plant from New Zealand is well suited to containers and border plantings. It is well adapted to sunny garden locations and is often mixed with flowering perennials to provide contrasting color and texture. It is also planted in bioswales and garden stream beds where it can receive regular moisture.

Plant Type: Grass, Sedge
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Upright, Compact, Clumping
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Bronze
Flower Color: Tan
Flower Season: Summer, Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Moist soil, Loam, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: Morning sun, Heat, Frost, All day sun
Function: Residential spaces, Raised planters, Mass planting, Grouped, Foliage accent plant, Container plant, Commercial spaces, Civic spaces, Borders, Banks, Small spaces
Height: 2 ft. – 3 ft.
Width: 2 ft. – 3 ft.