Uncinia Rubra Seeds – Red Hook Sedge Ornamental Grass Seed

Grass Specifications

Season: Perennial

USDA Zones: 6 – 10

Height: 12 inches

Width: 12 inches

Foliage Color: Red-bronze

Flower Color: Brown

Growth Rate: Moderate

Fall Color: No change

Soil Requirement: Loamy, damp, rich soil, pH 5.5 to 8

Environment: Full sull to partial shade

Moisture Requirements: Moist to swampy

Planting Directions

Temperature: 2 weeks 33 – 40F, then 55 – 68F

Average Germ Time: Germination irregular, often over several months

Light Required: No

Depth: Surface sow

Sowing Rate: 3 – 4 seeds per plant

Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination

Plant Spacing: 12 inches

Care & Maintenance: Uncinia

Uncinia Rubra (Uncinia rubra Firedance) – For a bold splash of color start Uncinia rubra seeds and enjoy this compact little sedge. The common name is New Zealand Red Hook Sedge, and it is a showy addition with its shiny red-bronze foliage. This ornamental sedge grows best in full to partial sun and in damp, rich soil. It will do well in soggy areas and around water features and ponds. Uncinia Firedance will brighten the rock garden, mixed border, and it also looks great in containers.

How To Grow Hook Sedge From Ornamental Grass Seeds: Many gardeners grow Uncinia rubra seeds in a cold frame for protection and hardiness. Start Sedge seeds in the late winter or early spring. Sow the ornamental grass seeds in quality, well-draining seed starting mix and press the seeds into the soil. Lower temperatures of less than 41°F are very effective, then move to 68F after several weeks. Seed trays should not be discarded prematurely. Constant moisture must be maintained. Do not leave in direct sunlight. Once seedlings are large enough to handle, move into a pot and allow to grow on. Transplanting can be done in spring or summer after all frost danger has passed.


Uncinia rubra ‘Everflame’ is native to New Zealand. It is a genus from the Cyperaceae family and commonly named red hook sedge.

The red hook sedge is an evergreen. That gives you something nice and colorful to look at in the winter. Although Uncinia rubra ‘Everflame’ looks like an ornamental grass it is not a grass. It belongs to a different family.

The Uncinia rubra ‘Everflame’ prefers a moist, well-drained and sheltered spot and sunny or with part shade. I had placed the Uncinia rubra ‘Everflame’ in a sunny but dry spot and it did not grow very well there. So a choose a position with a little less sun and more moist for this ornamental grass and now it grows perfectly.

In the summer the red hook sedge makes flower-spikes but not very many and they do not have any ornamental value. The clumps spread slowly.

I do not cover the Uncinia rubra ‘Everflame’ in the winter and it has survived temperatures of 5 ºF (-15 ºC). If you have positioned your red hook sedge in a spot that is not very sheltered then it is wise to cover this perennial in the winter because it is not very hardy.


Characteristic: evergreen

Deer resistant: yes

Exposure: sun/ part shade

Foliage color: red/ green

Flower color: brown

Flowering time: July – August

Hardiness: -15 ºC (5 ºF)

Height: 14 inches (35 cm)

Soil: normal

Grass Carex buchananii ‘Red Rooster’


Carex Red Rooster grows lush and drapes in a beautiful bronze/red shade for accent in beds an containers. A member of the Sedge family, Carex Red Rooster is commonly referred to as an ornamental grass. It is widely used in containers and in landscaping mixed with colorful bedding plants. Since it is a member of the Sedge family, it is a perennial that maintains its color in warmer climates. In colder climates, the leaves will whither in Fall and Winter months. The slender grassy leaves grow in a thick clump and curl over to make a unique spray of color resembling a fountain. Delicate flowers appear atop tiny stems in Mid-Summer. They are fantastic in containers behind glorious mounds of color or as a center, surrounded by color. Whatever your choice, this plant is very easy to please.


20-30 Inches


12 Inches

Homeowner Growing
& Maintenance Tips

Red Rooster tolerates up to drought conditions as well as prospering in partial sun. It prefers to be in moist, well-drained soil. In the colder climates, the brown foliage will need to be cleared for the new foliage to begin emerging in the Spring.

Interesting Notes

  • Perfect for Spring, Summer and Fall landscape
  • Vivid foliage to frame beds and containers
  • Perennial
  • Heat and light tolerant

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Partial Shade
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