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Snowline Miniature Variegated Sedge

Carex conica 'Snowline'

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Snowline Miniature Variegated Sedge (Carex conica 'Snowline') at Weston Nurseries

Snowline Miniature Variegated Sedge

Snowline Miniature Variegated Sedge

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Snowline Miniature Variegated Sedge (Carex conica 'Snowline') at Weston Nurseries

Snowline Miniature Variegated Sedge foliage

Snowline Miniature Variegated Sedge foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  12 inches

Spread:  12 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4b


A sturdy little variegated sedge with silvery white edged blades; this evergreen mound is very compact and is useful in rock gardens, containers, or as a groundcover; prefers part shade and moisture

Ornamental Features

Snowline Miniature Variegated Sedge is primarily valued in the garden for its cascading habit of growth. Its attractive grassy leaves emerge lime green in spring, turning green in color with prominent white stripes the rest of the year. The tan seed heads are carried on plumes in late summer.

Landscape Attributes

Snowline Miniature Variegated Sedge is an herbaceous evergreen perennial grass with a shapely form and gracefully arching stems. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Snowline Miniature Variegated Sedge is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting
  • Bog Gardens

Planting & Growing

Snowline Miniature Variegated Sedge will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an evegreen perennial, this plant will typically keep its form and foliage year-round.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It prefers to grow in moist to wet soil, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Snowline Miniature Variegated Sedge is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a canvas of foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container  Bog 
Fruit  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form 
Ornamental Features