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Carex buchananii

Leatherleaf Dead Sedge

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Item #: 402

Zones: 7a to 9b

Height: 15" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: New Zealand

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?


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We love Carex buchananii...but then, we've always tried to stay far from from under the bell curve. Leatherleaf dead sedge is certainly an acquired taste, but one that's a dream for garden designers, since there aren't many brown foliage plants...live ones, anyway. Carex buchananii hails from New Zealand (North and South Islands), where it can be found from sea level to 3000' elevation, growing on beaches, along river edges, and in moist, open forests. In gardens, Carex buchananii is quite easy to grow in all but the driest sites. Carex buchananii forms a tight, 18" tall x 3' wide, upright, evergreen clump of fine-textured bronzy foliage...a perfect blend with blue and gold plants. One great feature of Carex buchananii is you'll never know if you kill it...a perfect plant for brown thumb gardeners.