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Japanese Sedge
Carex morrowii

Japanese Sedge <em>Carex morrowii</em>
Japanese Sedge Carex morrowii

Clumping, evergreen sedge with green leaves edged in silver white. The plant has an arching habit with leaves growing to 24 inches long.

This is a clumping cool season sedge.

Prefers moist, rich soil in partial shade. Can also tolerate dense shade and sun. In full sun and hot sites foliage tends to bleach to an unattractive yellow. 

'Variegata' 12" name applied to all unamed selections with white leaf margins.

'Fischers Form' 10" Broad leaves with creamy white stripe.

'Silver Scepter' 12" narrow leaves with white edges forming thick heavy clumps. Drough tolerant.

'Ice Dance' 12" improved form of 'Variegata' more vigorouos, better groundcover, drough tolerant.

'Gold Band' 12" creamy yellow leaf margins. Improved color to older variegated types.

'Temnolipsis' 6" narrow white margins on very thin leaves.

Mature Height
12-24 Inches
USDA Hardiness Zone
5 - 9 
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Foliage Color
Pests and Problems

Environmental Damage

Additional Notes
Makes a good underplanting for trees and shaded borders. Also good for mixed containers.


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