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Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance' (Japanese sedge)

Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance'

Japanese sedge

A bright groundcover for a shady spot, 'Ice Dance' has long shiny leaves trimmed in bright white. It spreads slowly to fill in and make a tidy cover that discourages weeds. Deer and disease resistant, it is long-lasting and easy to grow!

Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance' LP32 - 32 per flat Availability
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12-15 Inches


12-18 Inches


12 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Japanese sedge Interesting Notes

This 1996 Barry Yinger introduction from Japan is identical to Carex morrowii 'Variegata' except that it spreads, instead of forms, a clump. The 1/2" wide, dark green deer resistant leaves with clear white borders are wonderful to brighten the woodland. The moderately spreading habit makes C. 'Ice Dance' great for covering the woodland floor. The rate of spread is just perfect...not fast enough to become a problem but not slow enough to try your patience...a great addition! In 2002, Carex 'Ice Dance' was given the prestigious Outstanding Plant Award from the International Hardy Plant Union. - Plant Delights

Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance' Growing and Maintenance Tips

C. morrowii can be found in the woods of low mountains (Japan) and is adaptable to a wide range of soils. Spreads slowly by rhizomes and is quite drought tolerant once established. Propagate by division of clumps every few years. Cut foliage to the ground in early spring before new growth occurs. Use in containers, or as a slowly spreading groundcover in the shade and rock garden.

Good Substitutions

Gold Fountains sedge Carex dolichostachya Gold Fountains™ 'Kaga-nishiki'
golden sedge Carex oshimensis 'Evergold'
Japanese sedge Carex 'Silver Sceptre'

Key Characteristics & Attributes

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

Additional Information

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