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Variegated sedge

Carex morrowii  'Ice Dance'

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‘Ice Dance’ is a dense, spreading sedge grown for its foliage. This sedge looks good year round, even in winter.The early-spring flowers are insignificant, but the white-edged leaves complement most other plants. Grow as a groundcover in woodland areas or in a shade garden. This sedge is evergreen in warm climates. -Jane Hutson, Regional Picks: Midwest, Fine Gardening issue# 127

Noteworthy CharacteristicsSlow spreader. Great groundcover for partly shady, moist sites.   

CareLikes partial shade and moist soil. Remove tattered leaves in early spring; no other special care is needed.

PropagationSow seed in containers and overwinter in a cold frame. Divide between spring and early summer.


  • Genus : Carex
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Summer
  • Uses : Ground Covers
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Light : Partial Shade
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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