Carex muskingumensis 'Ice Fountains' - Variegated Palm Sedge

Being so easy to control, C. Ice Fountains will easily fit into a mixed perennial border. It is also well-suited for the edge of the pond, where it can colonize, or it can even be grown right in shallow water. With its love of water, it would also make a good understory for willows such as S. Aquatica Gigantea Korso.

The variegation is not as distinct as its close relative Carex muskingumensis 'Oehme', however the dappled light through its leaves creates a pleasant mood.

Description: cool season; slow spreader
Foliage - green with white variegation; blades are narrow; 25-50 cm (10-20") tall
Blooms - June to July; 35-60 cm (14-24")

Ideal conditions: sun or shade; moist to wet soil; needs ample water in hot dry locations

Coldest zone: 4, possibly colder (find your zone; further info on plant hardiness)

Season of interest: June to winter

Partner with: Deschampsia, Calamagrostis acutifolia 'Karl Foerster', Luzula nivea, Salix acutifolia, Pycnanthemum muticum, tall Molinias, Helleborus foetidus

Suggested uses: massing,erosion control, border plant, at the edge of a pond

Drought tolerance rating: 3 (water to root depth every week); further info

Recommended spacing between plants: 30-50 cm (12-20") why such a difference?

Pronunciation: Carex (KAIR-ex) muskingumensis (mus-king-goo-MEN-sis)


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Carex muskingumensis 'Ice Fountains'

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Carex muskingumensis is native