Goldband carex: Carex morrowii
The evergreen goldband carex is native to Japan where it grows in moist soils and humid marshland. Its narrow, pointed, mid-green leaves form a loose clump. In spring it bears rather inconspicuous, yellowish flowers. ‘Variegata’, which has dark green, white rimmed leaves, and ‘Variegata Aurea’, which has yellow stripes and only grows 25 cm (10 in) high are among the most attractive varieties. It introduces variety in containers and combines well with autumn plants. C. hachijoensis ‘Evergold’ whose yellow leaves have green edges, is very popular for that reason. Goldband carex grows best in moderately fertile, very moist but well-drained. It prefers shade but the variegated forms tolerate more sun. It is frost-hardy down to -5° C (23° F).