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Rohdea japonica

Phonetic Spelling
ROH-dee-uh juh-PON-ih-kuh
Description

Sacred Lily is a tropical-looking evergreen herbaceous perennial native to moist woodlands and slopes in China and Japan.  It has dark green leaves that form upright vase-shaped clumps reaching up to 2' wide.  Their flowers are insignificant but bright red fruits provide great winter interest.  Plant it in well-drained rich loamy soil from partial to full shade.  This plant is resistant to heavy shade and black walnut and look great planted in border fronts, rock gardens, containers, or massed under a shade tree.  Clumps can be divided when they get too large or new plants can be grown from seed if started in a greenhouse. 

See this plant in the following landscapes:
Border Garden- Pathway Shaded Slope
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Herbie'
    Narrow white band on leaves
  • ‘Miyako-no-Hana’
    Irregular green creamy blotched pattern
  • ‘Shiro Botan’
    Long thick green leaves arching with banding and white blotches
'Herbie', ‘Miyako-no-Hana’, ‘Shiro Botan’
Tags:
#heavy shade#container plant#easy to grow#winter interest#slopes#mass planting#black walnut#showy fruits#red fruits#clumping#fruits winter#tropical feel#woodlands
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Herbie'
    Narrow white band on leaves
  • ‘Miyako-no-Hana’
    Irregular green creamy blotched pattern
  • ‘Shiro Botan’
    Long thick green leaves arching with banding and white blotches
'Herbie', ‘Miyako-no-Hana’, ‘Shiro Botan’
Tags:
#heavy shade#container plant#easy to grow#winter interest#slopes#mass planting#black walnut#showy fruits#red fruits#clumping#fruits winter#tropical feel#woodlands
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Rohdea
    Species:
    japonica
    Family:
    Asparagaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China, Japan
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
    Vase
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Winter
    Fruit Description:
    Showy red berries persist through winter and are found at the base of the plant.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Late summer flowers appear but are insignificant
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Rossets of dark green thick leaves with creamy white edges.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Slope/Bank
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Shade Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Black Walnut
    Heavy Shade