Carex siderosticha 'Snow Cap'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
Common Name (Alternative): Creeping Broad-leaved Sedge

Similar in size and habit to ‘Banana Boat’, this selection has nearly all-cream to bright white, wide, strappy leaves with narrow green stripes.  The striking variegation is much whiter than ‘Variegata’ but grows surprisingly well for a plant with so little green.  It forms a dense, slowly spreading clump of deciduous, deer resistant foliage and has insignificant flowers. 

‘Snow Cap’ easily complements many other shade perennials such as hostas, ferns, and heartleaf brunnera, brightening up containers and gardens with its light colored foliage.

Intro Year: 2013

Origin: Not Native to North America


  6-8 Inches
  12-15 Inches
Foliage Color:
Hardiness Zone:
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Sun or Shade?:
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
  Full shade (< 4 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
  Consistent water needs
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
  Grown for its attractive foliage
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:


Border plants
Ground cover
Grown for attractive foliage

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

This sedge prefers partial shade and moist, fertile soil. Once established, it is able to tolerate drier conditions. Trim back the old foliage to ground level in early spring. It can also be divided at this time or in early fall.


Common/Botanical Name
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Common Name: Hosta
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Common Name: Fern-Ghost
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Common Name: Brunnera-Heartleaf
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Common Name: Primrose-English
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Common Name: Astilbe-Chinese
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.