Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance'

Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance' at Lovegrass Farm
Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance' on September 15 at Lovegrass Farm PEI

Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance' on October 3 at Lovegrass Farm

Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance' is a pretty grass to brighten up a shady area. It's rich green leaves are 1/2 inch wide with a cream-white border.  The leaf color is richer in shade than sun.  'Ice Dance' grows 6 - 12 in. (15 - 30 cm.) high and is a slow to moderate spreader by rhizomes.  It is quite drought tolerant once established and will grow in a variety of conditions from nearly full sun to shade.  The photos were taken of our plants in full sun.  They did remarkably well in last year's dry Summer and put on lots of new growth with the wet Fall we had.  We get some winter die back; mostly brown tips, which we trim off in spring.  It will soon send up lots of new shoots to hide this.  Brownish flowers in late Spring are insignificant.  Combine it with other shade loving plants such as hosta or let it go on its own.  Zone 5

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