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Carex buchananii

Common name leatherleaf sedge
Family cyperaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z6-9)
Flowers insignificant
Size 24"
Light full sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil, not too dry
From seed germinate at room temperature, with exposure to light
detailed seed-starting info below

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...

Carex buchananii

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '01 trade. Pot outside late September, seedlings by early May.
    Also Baggy 70F with light (33%G, 12-25d)
  2. Seed from '05 garden. Baggy 70F with light (45%G, 20-26d)

Slow-growing as young plants.

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