Carex buchananii 'Red Rooster' Red Rooster

Add a reddish cast to the copper-bronze foliage of Carex buchananii and you’ve got 'Red Rooster'. With long, fine-textured leaves it forms an impressive upright tuft. In the landscape, create a stylish display by weaving sweeps of 'Red Rooster' among green sedges along pebble pathways. Its reddish bronze color is most rewarding contrasted with green foliage or stonework rather than the browns of mulch or bare soil. Carex buchananii 'Red Rooster' also brings texture to mixed plantings and it keeps its color throughout the year, making it a fine addition to fall and winter containers. 'Red Rooster' prefers full sun and good drainage. This plant is a seed selection from the ColorGrass® series.

  • Container Plant
  • Growth rate: slow-medium; roots rather quickly, tops are slower to fill out and beef up
  • Grow in 1 or 2 gallon; will take longer to finish in 3 gallon, but looks great in larger sizes
  • Grow in well-drained soil
  • Watering: keep evenly moist, but on the dry side
  • Fertilizing: slow-release fertilizer, low to medium rate
  • Possible pests: aphids, Bactra venosana caterpillar
  • Overwintering: cold frame with clear poly; do not overwater
  • If cutting back this plant, do so early in the growing season to allow time for new growth to mature
  • Note: please adapt these suggestions as needed to accommodate your local conditions.
  • Upright vase shape adds structural element
  • Beautiful in containers and special urns; combines well with annuals or perennials
  • Use as an accent or in mass plantings
  • Copper color is illuminated when this plant is surrounded by light-colored ground covers or contrasting rock mulch
  • This plant’s coloring fades minimally in winter—provides year-round interest
  • Drought tolerant