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Carex dolichostachya Gold Fountains™ 'Kaga-nishiki' (Gold Fountains sedge)

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Carex dolichostachya Gold Fountains™ 'Kaga-nishiki'

Gold Fountains sedge

This shade-loving sister of C. 'Evergold' is bright gold with attractive narrow (1/4") foliage almost all year. Striking, long-lived and reliable. Works well in average garden conditions and in containers.

Carex dolichostachya 'Kaga-nishiki' Gold Fountains LP32 - 32 per flat Availability
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10-12 Inches


10-12 Inches


12 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9

Gold Fountains sedge Interesting Notes

This sedge is a delightful, easy-to-grow addition to any plant collection. Carex dolichostachya ‘Gold Fountains’ is an evergreen carex and has narrow, dark green leaves with a thin golden border. It forms a delightful small clump, 10" tall x 20" wide, that is striking, long-lived, and reliable.

Carex dolichostachya is native to the mountainous woodlands of Japan and prefers moist to average, fertile, well-drained soils in part-sun to shade. If Gold Fountains is placed in full sun, ensure the plant receives adequate moisture to maintain appearance. In milder climates, this plant is evergreen but in Pennsylvania, top growth can fade to a wheat color in the winter. Cutback top growth in late winter to reveal new flush of growth in the spring.

Brought back to the US by Barry Yinger, it was originally discovered by Kenji Watanabe at Gotemba Nursery. The fine foliage and bright color is best exhibited when planted in masses, as a filler in a container, or surrounded by bold foliage or rocks in a shade garden.

Carex dolichostachya Gold Fountains™ 'Kaga-nishiki' Growing and Maintenance Tips

C. dolichostachya prefers average to dry, fertile, well-drained soils in full sun to full shade. Needs adequate moisture in full sun. Drought tolerant once established. Propagate by division of clumps every few years. Cut foliage to the ground in early spring before new growth occurs to tidy its appearance. Use in containers, borders or texture in the shady woodland garden.

Good Substitutions

Japanese sedge Carex 'Silver Sceptre'
golden sedge Carex oshimensis 'Evergold'
Japanese sedge Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Green Infrastructure
Lawn Alternative
Plug Type
Landscape Plug™
Ornamental Foliage
Propagation Type
Grass Type
Cool Season