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Carex buchananii

Leather Leaf Sedge
  • Plant Type:
  • Grass & Grass-like, Shrub
  • Evergreen-Deciduous:
  • Evergreen
  • Overall Mature Size:
  • Small
  • Also Grown As:
  • Bush
  • Mature Height & Spread :
  • 3' x 2-2 1/2'
  • Natural Growth Habit:
  • Clumping
  • Native To:
  • Australia/New Zealand
  • Exposure:
  • Full Sun
  • Water:
  • Medium Water
  • Flower Color:
  • Insignificant
  • Special Features:
  • Cold Hardy, Deer Resistant, Intermountain Conditions
  • Container Sizes:
  • #1
  • Sunset Garden Zones:
  • 2b-9, 14-24


Carex buchananii, also called Leather Leaf Sedge, is an unusual and attractive sedge.  Two or three foot tall, cherry-wood colored blades fade to blonde at the tips.  Carex buchananii can tolerate drought conditions once well established, but also does very well at the water’s edge with its feet wet.  A good choice for both bioswales and massed accents in the garden, Leather Leaf Sedge is a nice way to bring in some variety in texture and color. acerun:yes'>  Plant Caragana arborescens in difficult places that need stabilization and greening.