Carex dolichostachya Gold Fountains™ ‘Kaga-nishiki’
Flower Description and Bloom Time
Like most Carex flowers, they are small and unremarkable when they appear in spring.
Foliage Interest – Color and Texture
The narrow, fine-textured leaves have a cream-chartreuse edge and form an arching
Habit and Growth Rate Observations
The plant forms an arching mound that is very slow growing. In the evaluation gardens,
it barely filled out to a 6-inch width over the summer. In optimal conditions, the plants
will eventually form a 2-foot wide, arching mound.
Site preference — Soil and Light
This plant prefers a half day of sun and well-drained, moist soil. It does not do well in
clay soils that have not been amended with organic compost or mulched leaves. Thrives
in moist soils, but will grow well in average garden soil as long as plants do not dry out.
Success and possible drawbacks
Although this plant is evergreen in Zones 7 to 9, it has little foliage color in northeastern
Illinois unless winter temperatures are unusually mild. For best growth results, cut the
plant back in late winter or very early spring.
Notes from Growers/Retailers
Hostas, Iris cristata, Dennstaedtia punctilobula (hay-scented fern)
Parting “SHOT” –The overall evaluation results were Poor*
Of the 14 plants evaluated, only 3 survived. This plant is a gamble but you may be sold
on its wispy, fine-textured foliage. Otherwise, don’t expect it to survive over the duration
of several winters. Not recommended for our area.