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Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance' (Variegated sedge)

Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance' Photo/Illustration: Stephanie Fagan


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance' KARE-eks mor-OH-ee-eye Common Name: Variegated sedge Genus: Carex
'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 characteristics: Slow spreader. Great groundcover for partly shady, moist sites.   
Care: Likes partial shade and moist soil. Remove tattered leaves in early spring; no other special care is needed.
Propagation: Sow seed in containers and overwinter in a cold frame. Divide between spring and early summer.
Problems: Infrequent.
Height 6 in. to 12 in.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit Spreads
Light Part Shade Only
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Low
Characteristics Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Early Summer; Summer
Foliage Color Variegated Foliage
Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Naturalizing, Waterside
Style Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest
Type Rushes and Sedges

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