The pictures above were taken in the gloom of a foggy morning, yet they still look as though the sun is shining through the leaves. It picks up the orange coloration of nearby plants, like Abelia grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope,' creating a nice echo. Mine have been in the ground over 4 months now but they're slow-growing and still shy of their predicted size of 12 inches (30 cm) tall and 15 inches (38 cm) wide.
This grass-like sedge, which also goes by the name of hook grass and bastard grass*, is endemic to both New Zealand and Hawaii. It grows in full to partial sun but requires regular water. It's reported to be hardy to 15F (-9C) and deer resistent, neither of which I can personally attest to. I was warned by other bloggers that it can be a rampant reseeder but, to date, I have no evidence to suggest that - as things stand I'd love to have more of these plants to spread around. At present, I wait as the plant sits on my wish list with Annie's Annuals & Perennials.
Uncinia uncinata 'Rubra' is my contribution to Loree's weekly favorite plants meme at danger garden. Please visit her site to see her pick of the week, as well as to find links to other gardeners' selections.
*I was unable to uncover an explanation for this epithet.