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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!

SIZE
Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance' LP32 - 32 per flat Availability
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Height

12-15 Inches

Spread

12-18 Inches

Spacing

12 Inches

Bloom Color

White

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Japanese sedge Interesting Notes

A bright groundcover for a shady spot, Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance' has long shiny leaves trimmed in bright white along its margin. Growing to 8”-12” tall, Ice Dance spreads slowly to fill in and unlike other sedges, does not form clumps. Over time, it makes a tidy cover that discourages weeds and provides a lovely contrast and highlight in the shade garden.

Carex morrowii can be found in the woods of low mountains of Japan and is adaptable to a wide range of soils. It spreads slowly by rhizomes and is quite drought tolerant once established. To propagate, divide clumps of sedges every few years. For best maintenance of bright coloring and tidy appearance, cut foliage to the ground in early spring before new growth occurs.

In 1996, Barry Yinger introduced Carex morrowii ‘Ice Dance’ from Japan. It is identical to Carex morrowii 'Variegata' except that it spreads instead of forming a clump. In 2002, Carex 'Ice Dance' was given the prestigious Outstanding Plant Award from the International Hardy Plant Union. It can be used in containers, or as a slowly spreading groundcover in the shade and rock garden.

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 in spring. 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

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

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Shade
Full Shade
Part Sun
Part Sun
Moist
Moist
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Evergreen
Evergreen
Groundcover
Groundcover
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant

Additional Information

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