Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance' (3.5-inch pot)
Common name: Variegated Sedge, Ornamental Grass
With its wide, strappy leaves measuring ¼-½" across, this carex makes a bold statement in the shade garden. The leaves are dark green with bright white variegated edges. Small, cream, bottlebrush-like flowers are produced in mid-spring but are rather insignificant to the plant's ornamental value.
This variety will grow in a variety of conditions, from nearly full sun to shade in average to moist soil. Unlike many other sedges, 'Ice Dance' is a slow to moderate spreader that should be used as a groundcover or contained in pots.
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.
Missouri Botanical Garden Plants of Merit
International Hardy Plant Union Outstanding Plant Award -- 2002
Height: 12.0-16.0 Inches
Spread: 18.0-24.0 Inches
Scape Height: 12.0 Inches
Hardiness Zones: 5,6,7,8,9
Flower Color: White Shades
Foliage Color: Variegated
Part Shade (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun) - Full Shade (< 4 hrs. Direct Sun)
Average to Consistent Water Needs
Average to Fertile Soil Quality
Bloomtime: Mid Spring
Growth Rate: Medium
Border Plant, Container, Ground Cover, Small, Specimen, Focal Point
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.