Carex morrowii 'Ice Dances'
Common Names: Ice Dance Sedge, Sedge Grass, Japanese Sedge, Evergold Carex.
Zone: 5 to 9, evergreen in the southern zones.
Full sun in northern zones, but prefers partial to full shade.
Mature size: 6 to 12 inches mounding plant spreads slowly by rhizomes.
A dwarf, dark green, white border easy to grow variegated Japanese Carex. Leaf blades are wider (1/4 to 1/2 inch across) and have more substance than most variegated sedges. Small, cream, bottlebrush-like flowers in mid-spring.
Prefers moist, well-drained, loamy, sandy or clay soil, and performs great in water gardens. Dense, mound-forming habit will limit your weeding and brighten any area. 2002 Outstanding Plant Award from the International Hardy Plant Union.
This Carex makes a bold statement in the shade garden. This variety can grow in a variety of conditions, unlike some of its relatives. It will tolerate 3/4 day to 1/4 day of sun and grows in moist or average soil. 'Ice Dance' is evergreen in all but the coldest climates. In northern zones, it should be sited out of the way of winter winds and provided with some protection such as snow or straw. If plants look tattered in early spring, cut them back to the ground. The new foliage will quickly fill back in.
Use this ornamental grass in borders, containers, ground cover, rock gardens and water gardens or an aquarium. Plant (8) inches apart for an immediate full, dense look. Maintenance free, trim to the ground in late winter, and deer resistant. Propagate by division in the spring, but do not divide clumps into little divisions, with small root systems.