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Carex morrowii ‘Variegata’ (photo courtesy of Kimberley Navabpour)
Carex morrowii ‘Variegata’ (photo courtesy of Kimberley Navabpour)

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Carex morrowii

Japanese Sedge
Cyperaceae
Ground covers, Ornamental grasses and grasslike plants, Perennials

CAREX

Large group of grasslike, clumping plants found worldwide and grown for foliage effect in borders, rock gardens, containers, and water gardens (flowers are generally insignificant); some are used as lawn substitutes, as large-scale groundcovers, or for erosion control. Long, narrow evergreen leaves are often striped or oddly colored. Specialists offer many varieties. Although characteristically found in damp soils, many sedges will grow under relatively dry conditions in cultivation. Many are short-lived in gardens so are used as annuals.

Carex morrowii

From Japan. Grows to 1 ft. tall and 1 1/2 ft. wide, with shiny, drooping, medium green leaves. Good edging plant; individual plants are attractive among stones. ‘Goldband’ and ‘Fisher’s Form’ have leaves with creamy yellow margins. Various forms sold as ‘Variegata’ have leaves subtly edged in white. Regular water.

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