Carex buchananii - Leatherleaf Sedge

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Misc Wildlife Value
Shade Full Sun, Partial Shade
Area Coastal Areas, Exposed Windy Areas, Frost Pockets, Scotland & The North
Soil Good, Well Drained, Acidic, Alkaline/Chalky, Poor/Dry
Type Pot Grown
Also Good Seedheads, Foliage
Flowering Jun, Jul, Aug
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Carex buchananii

The popular grass Carex buchananii, also known as the leatherleaf sedge, has narrow bronze/copper leaves which gracefully arch at the tips. It forms a compact tuft growing up to 75cm and looks particularly good in gravel gardens and prairie style planting, or as an accent plant against more vivid colours in architectural planting or mixed borders. Grasses such a Carex buchanii are an often overlooked but important part of our range of ornamental grasses for sale.

How to use grasses

Sedges and grasses make the perfect contrast to 'prairie flowers' - herbaceous daisy-type perennials like Echinacea or Rudbeckia. Prairie planting, or the New Perennial style of garden design, was popularised by the influential Dutch garden designer and plantsman Piet Oudolf. His designs use bold drifts of herbaceous perennials and grasses, chosen for their structure and movement in the breeze as well as for their flower colour. Try combining the warm yellow/orange shades of late-flowering Rudbeckia Goldsturm or Gaillardia with Carex buchananii for a great contrast of form and colour.

Their defined shape also looks great in an architectural-style or city garden, contrasted with other colours and styles of grasses and big-leaved plants such as Rodgersia or Rheum palmatum.


  • Foliage: Narrow, grass-like leaves in copper/bronze which arch at the tips
  • Flowering: June-August
  • Colour: Small cream flowers on bronze stems
  • Height: 75cm tall
  • Spread: From 60-90cm
  • Spacing: From 75-90cm
  • Position: Will grow in full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: Carex buchananii will tolerate all soil types, apart from those that get waterlogged, especially in winter

Did you know...

This sedge is native to New Zealand and once established, is very easy to care for. It is resistant to deer and most pests but watch out for the occasional aphid. It is evergreen and hardy down to -15C but it will not tolerate winter waterlogging.

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Bareroot planting is best done between October and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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