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Carex morrowii 'Silk Tassel'

Japanese Sedge

Plant Type:

GRASSES & GRASS-LIKE PLANTS

Carex morrowii ‘Silk Tassel’ – This Japanese sedge composed of longitudinally striped very narrow green and white blades forming relaxed mops like stylized wigs. It’s a lovely, refined soft texture that might soften the stiffer look of dwarf conifers or Cotoneaster microphyllus var. thymifolius. Site ‘Silk Tassel’ in full to nearly full sun planted in fertile draining soil. Its habit is clumping. Division.


Height:

12-18 in

Spread:

12 in

Characteristics and Attributes for Carex morrowii 'Silk Tassel'

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant

Light

  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Full Sun

Attributes

  • Natural Garden
  • Border
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Edging
  • Rock Garden
  • Massing

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Soil

  • Draining
  • Average

Origins

  • Japan

Propagated By

  • Division

Genus Overview: Carex

We like all the sedges but among our favorites is Broad-leaved Sedge. So many sedges are tough, easy and can be as ornamental and utilitarian as they are good wildlife plants. Carex siderosticha stands out as an especially showy genus slowly forming dense carpets of relatively broad foliage from 1” to 2” wide growing 3” to 6” in length. Some cultivars may grow perhaps taller in optimum conditions. This useful sedge is certainly deciduous in northern gardens but planted in landscapes at the southern end of its range may be virtually evergreen. The inflorescences which are not very interesting sometimes emerge, however, with some pink in the stems. Grow it for the foliage. Plant in part to open shade in fertile soil. The genus Carex in Cyperaceae is large group including many numbers of species from all around the globe. Many are very important wildlife plants. And though the flowers are generally not beautiful the seeds feed many numbers of birds and small mammals. C. siderosticha, the species, originates in China. All of our Carex siderosticha cultivars are offered as pot-grown divisions.