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PlantFiles: Variegated Japanese Sedge
Carex morrowii 'Aurea Variegata'

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

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Ornamental Grasses and Bamboo

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 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)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

Nice showy plant that allows yellow to shine in the garden. Good color in winter. Noticed that during propagation from division of clumps that you have to cut out a good bit of dead shoots in the spring for it to look presentable in the late spring/summer.

Positive jamie68 On Nov 21, 2006, jamie68 from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have many grasses that are new to me this year, and this is one of my favorites! I went back and got a few more to tuck in here and there as it just looks great where ever it's planted. It does well in sun, shade, moist areas, and can grow a bit dry - within reason. Just a great, easy, versatile plant!!

Positive HelenEngle On Mar 18, 2006, HelenEngle from University Place, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Carex morrowii is a brightener of dark places, loves shade, appears to be drought tolerant, has no diseases or problems. Never needs any care -- no shearing, etc. Nestles nicely against walls, stones in rock gardens. It looks orderly and well behaved all year. A hard freeze doesn't faze it. Its blooms are small, non-descript, not showy. After a few years the clump gets bigger and can be divided into several new clumps, which take well to transplanting.

Positive RoyB On May 4, 2004, RoyB from New Hyde Park, NY wrote:

Very shady garden in New Hyde Park, Long Island, New York. I have had eight of these plants since planted in 2001and 2002. They have weathered mild as well as severe winters. Very pleasing to the eye and require no special care. They do like to be trimmed back in the early spring and fill in nicely be end of summer. They stay green throughout the winter.


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

Dothan, Alabama
Calistoga, California
Miccosukee Cpo, Florida
Cordele, Georgia
Evanston, Illinois
Ludington, Michigan
New Hyde Park, New York
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Portland, Oregon (2 reports)
Bluffton, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
East Port Orchard, Washington
Lyle, Washington
Vancouver, Washington

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