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Mary AnneMary Anne Posts: 116
Happy New Year....does anyone recognise this species of grass? Thanks

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  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 3,445
    edited January 2021
    Looks like one of the Japanese sedge species (Carex).
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • Mary AnneMary Anne Posts: 116
    Great thanks...this helps my planting scheme!
  • Silver surferSilver surfer Posts: 3,683
    edited January 2021
    Agree with Papi Jo..Carex sp.
    Maybe Carex morrowii variegata.
    However there are other possibilities.

    https://www.jacksonsnurseries.co.uk/carex-morrowii-variegata.html

    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 3,445
    I currently have 4 Carex species/cultivars in my garden, of which 3 are well-behaved: C. oshimensis ‘Everest’ (‘Fiwhite’), C. oshimensis ‘Eversheen’ and C. testacea. But C. morrowii ‘Ice Dance’ is a thug, it spreads by rhizomes and can be extremely difficult to uproot after a few years. So be careful. ;)
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • Mary AnneMary Anne Posts: 116
    Thanks...this one I have spreads...could it therefore be  C. morrowii ‘Ice Dance’?
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,564
    Very likely.   It's a good plant to have if you have a quiet corner which you rarely get to and need some weed suppressing ground cover but, frankly, nettles would be of more use to both wildlife and you as good compost material or making nettle tea.

    If it's in a decorative border it can be a nightmare if it's happy and can spread as fast as couch grass and be just as tenacious.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Mary AnneMary Anne Posts: 116
    I was going to incorporate it into a grass bed....along with other clumpers such as miscanthus and stipa gigantia ...Im now having 2nd thoughts after your advice.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,564
    Clumpers are fine and behave themselves.  Ice Dance is a spreader and will misbehave given half a chance.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,877
    Looks like my Ice Dance,  beast to get rid of, bits pop up everywhere, whilst it’s nice in some places it’s a beast in others.  Keep an eye on it and dig the small bits up as soon as you see it.  It’s controllable .
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Mary AnneMary Anne Posts: 116
    Thanks thats reassuring!
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