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UNCINIA rubra 'Firedance'

Image of Uncinia rubra 'Firedance'

Bosh Bruening

Family

Cyperaceae

Botanical Name

UNCINIA rubra 'Firedance'

Plant Common Name

Red Hook Sedge

General Description

An especially showy selection of a colorful New Zealand native, 'Firedance' enlivens the garden with its grassy, evergreen, compact tussocks of shiny maroon foliage. The strap-shaped leaves are borne on slowly expanding clumps of short red-brown stems that are triangular in cross section. In summer clusters of brown flowers appear, followed by attractive black seedheads.

Grow this tender sedge relative in full to part sun and damp rich soil. It sulks in dry conditions. It may self-sow modestly. Combine this colorful plant with other moisture-loving perennials such as ligularias and cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), or plant it in a container.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    11 - 8

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    4, 5, 6, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Sedge or Rush

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    8"-15" / 20.3cm - 38.1cm

  • Width

    8"-15" / 20.3cm - 38.1cm

  • Bloom Time

    Summer

  • Native To

    New Zealand

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water, Ample Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Tan, Brown

  • Fruit Color

    Black

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Brown, Burgundy, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Brown, Burgundy, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Brown, Burgundy, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Brown, Burgundy, Bronze

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edging, Groundcover, Mixed Border, Water Gardens

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes