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Carex 'Silver Sceptre' (Japanese sedge)

Carex 'Silver Sceptre'

Japanese sedge

A beautiful selection of this sedge, this one has narrow (1/4") leaves with white margins, giving it a very fine texture overall. Rhizomatous, forming thick silvery clumps. A bright addition to the shade palette!

Carex morrowii 'Silver Sceptre' LP32 - 32 per flat Availability
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12 Inches


12-18 Inches


12 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9

Japanese sedge Interesting Notes

A showy clump former with narrow, white-edged leaves that provide a fine texture to break up more dense areas in the garden. It grows to 12" in part to full shade. It is great for the front of the border, in drifts, or just tucked in here and there.

From variegated plant guru the late Dr. Yokoi of Japan via UK grass collector Roger Grounds comes Carex 'Silver Sceptre', a brightly variegated, deer-resistant groundcover sedge composed of white-striped leaves that are only 1/8" wide but 15" long. The foliage arches outward to form an evergreen, 4' wide patch in 8 years. Carex 'Silver Sceptre' behaves well when used at the base of shrubs, trees, or as an accent between the contrasting texture of ferns and hostas in the woodland garden. In winter hardiness trials at the University of Minnesota, Carex 'Silver Sceptre' has outperformed all the other evergreen variegated carex. Carex 'Silver Scepter' is often listed as a selection of Carex morrowii, which is absolutely incorrect...unfortunately, we don't know the correct species yet. Plant Delights was pleased to introduce Carex 'Silver Sceptre' to the American market in 1999. - Plant Delights

Carex 'Silver Sceptre' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Adaptable to a wide range of soils, this sedge 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

golden sedge Carex oshimensis 'Evergold'
Japanese sedge Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance'
Gold Fountains sedge Carex dolichostachya Gold Fountains™ 'Kaga-nishiki'

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™
Ornamental Foliage
Propagation Type
Grass Type
Cool Season