This is truly a novelty plant - most of the time, it looks like it's dead! The finely textured foliage is coppery-bronze-colored, curled at the ends. We grew it from seed two years ago, and last year I was convinced it hadn't made it through the winter, and was never quite sure all through the season if it was in fact alive (although it seemed to be getting a little taller). So at the end of the season, I cut it down short, and sure enough, there is new growth, looking just as lacking life as ever. With some TLC, maybe it will take on more of an ornamental quality...
||full sun-part shade
||ordinary garden soil, not too dry
||germinate at room temperature, with exposure to light
detailed seed-starting info below
In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: rock garden annex
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|Trevor Blogg||Jan 27, 2011||As an immigrant to NZ (18 years ago), I have planted a native plants garden. With NZ plants, you have to forget northern hemisphere notions. A good percentage of our plants look 'dead' if you only take colour into account, but cutting through a stem or blade quickly shows the moisture content to be that of a living plant. Here we tend to concentrate on the 'architecture' of our plants, rather than their colour. Our tussock-forming species (particularly Carex buchananii) give great structure to the early stages of a garden. |
|tim||Jun 05, 2013||buchananii is the only grass ive ever managed to kill accidentally, i left it in a pot with poor drainage in a shaded place overwinter and it must have rotted the roots, so its not very flood tolerant.
buchananii looks good in its early years when its stiff and upright and modern looking but ive seen bigger mature plants many years old in local garden center and they end up getting quite messy.|
- Seed from '01 trade. Pot outside late September, seedlings by early May.
Also Baggy 70F with light (33%G, 12-25d)
- Seed from '05 garden. Baggy 70F with light (45%G, 20-26d)
Slow-growing as young plants.
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