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Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance'

Family: Cyperaceae (sy-peer-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Carex (KAR-eks) (Info)
Species: morrowii (mor-ROW-ee-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Ice Dance

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Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral wer61537 On Jan 23, 2010, wer61537 from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

Our garden is in a suburb of Mpls. I planted two on a East facing hill side two years ago. The first winter, a plant halfway down the hillside died but the one farther up the hillside survived. There is more snow cover this year and so far, the winter has not been as cold.

I think this is a stunning plant in a shady area. Hopefully, it will make it this year.

Neutral VA_GARDEN On Nov 23, 2009, VA_GARDEN from Hood, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

This pretty carex can be agressive. I made the mistake of letting it loose in a partly shaded bed with even moisture and good soil. It promply took over and started choking out everything. Digging it up was quite a chore. Planting it in dry shade seems to keep it in bounds. On the plus side, deer have never bothered it in my woodland garden, and they have eaten almost everything else I grow at one time or another.

Positive jonaflatooni On Dec 23, 2007, jonaflatooni from Port Orchard, WA wrote:

Easily transplanted and propagated through division and grows in thick clumps but does branch out with rhizomes. Good color combination of solid green and white.

Will be keeping an eye on it to see how much it spreads. I think the key is to watch and tend such plants and if it gets too large to dig it up and share or plant elsewhere.

Positive enya_34 On Oct 19, 2007, enya_34 from Madison, WI wrote:

I've had it for 3 seasons. It's not aggressive where it is, a full shade dry spot on a north facing slope. The other plant was in a half-shade on an east facing slope and it did not show much progress so far. This season I had babies that went 2-3" from the mother plant. The runners are rather think. It seems that long cold winters and lack of water keep it under control for me so far.

What I like about this plant in my zone so far is that it lasts well into the winter when most of the other plants are gone dormant.

Neutral doss On Aug 25, 2005, doss from Stanford, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Carex 'Ice Dance' is beautiful and It lights up a shady spot very well. However it's very INVASIVE and should be used with caution. Other similar Carex are available that are clumpers and similar in appearance which don't have the same problem. Ice Dance sends tough runners out to start colonies and these can replicate quickly. A good plant for the shade where nothing else will grow/or you don't mind it taking over.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Juneau, Alaska
Sacramento, California
Stanford, California
Cordele, Georgia
Palmyra, Illinois
Saint Joseph, Illinois
Hobart, Indiana
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Abbot, Maine
Plymouth, Massachusetts
Blissfield, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Glens Falls, New York
Greenville, North Carolina
Chesterland, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio
Middletown, Ohio
Portland, Oregon
York Haven, Pennsylvania
Arlington, Tennessee
Jacksonville, Texas
Alexandria, Virginia
Hood, Virginia
Leesburg, Virginia
Lexington, Virginia
Newport News, Virginia
Concrete, Washington
East Port Orchard, Washington
Olympia, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Beverly, West Virginia
Madison, Wisconsin

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