Carex 'Ice Dance'
Common Name: sedge
Type: Rush or Sedge
Family: Cyperaceae
Zone: 5 to 9
Height: 0.75 to 1.00 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: April to July
Bloom Description: Brown
Sun: Part shade to full shade
Water: Medium to wet
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Naturalize, Rain Garden
Flower: Insignificant
Leaf: Colorful
Tolerate: Deer, Heavy Shade, Erosion, Wet Soil


Easily grown in medium to wet soil in part shade to full shade. Leaf color richer in shade than in sun. Thrives in moist soil, but also does well in average garden soil. Soil must not be allowed to dry out. Cut to the ground in late winter. May benefit from a winter mulch.

Noteworthy Characteristics

A dense, spreading sedge rising to 12" tall which is grown for its foliage effect. Features grass-like, stiff leaves (1/2" wide to 12" long) which are dark green in the center with clean white borders. The moderate spreading habit of this sedge (most sedges are clump-forming) facilitates covering woodland areas with it. Brownish flowers in late spring are insignificant. This sedge is evergreen in the South, maintaining a good appearance in both summer and winter, but is not evergreen in the St. Louis area, although some foliage color will persist through the winter.


No significant insect or disease problems.

Garden Uses

With regular watering, may be massed or grouped in the woodland garden or border. Also may be grown in low spots or along ponds or streams. Combine with other shade loving plants such as hostas in a moist, shady border.