Ice Crystal Frosty Sedge

Ficinia truncata 'Ice Crystal'

As if kissed by frost, this small, grass-like perennial shines in borders and containers. Tufts of flat, slightly upward-arching green leaves with white margins form a tidy mound that is decorated with dainty brown flower spikes as summer approaches. Nice as a single planting for a rock garden accent, or en masse as groundcover or edging. Evergreen.
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Filtered sun, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical PronunciationFy-kin-ee-a trunk-ah-tuh
LoreIn its native region of South Africa, the seeds of the Finica plant attracts ants, which carry the seed down into their nest. There, it is able to safely germinate without being eaten by predators.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 5 to 8 in. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower ColorBrown
Foliage ColorVariegated
Garden StyleContemporary, Rustic
Growth HabitMounding, Rounded
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Edging, Coastal Exposure, Ground Cover, Small Spaces
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Special FeatureClump Forming, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Tolerates Alkaline Soil, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsAster (Aster); Clematis (Clematis); Tickseed (Coreopsis); Crocosmia (Crocosmia); Elderberry (Sambucus); Lilac (Syringa); Mock Orange (Philadelphus); Weigela (Weigela)

Provide average well-drained, soil; shelter from excess winter moisture. Best color in full sun. Water regularly in first growing season to establish root system; once established, reduce frequency. Faded foliage may be gently raked to remove, and pruned lightly just before new spring growth begins.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-9

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