Variegated broadleaf sedge brightens a shady planting
Carex siderosticha ‘Variegata’
USDA Hardiness Zones: 6 to 9
Light: Full sun to full shade
One of the most dramatic of the variegated sedges, ‘Variegata’ has 1-inch-wide, deep green leaves lined with clean, white, vertical stripes. New growth sports a tinge of pink, and the variegation remains stable over time, making it a reliable long-term perennial. It grows into a low mound up to 10 inches high. ‘Variegata’ thrives in moist to well-drained soil. During our hot summers, I water it deeply a few times in July and August to keep leaves from browning.
Uses: ‘Variegata’ is especially valuable for adding bright highlights in the shade. Grow it with marginal wood fern (Dryopteris marginalis, Zones 3–8), white wood aster (Aster divaricatus, Zones 4–8), and blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides, Zones 3–7).