Rohdea japonica Sacred Lily of China



The leathery, wide, strap-like dark green leaves of Rohdea japonica make this uncommon plant a nice addition to the woodland garden. Also called Lily of China or Sacred Lily, its dense spikes of 1"-2" bell-shaped greenish white flowers are followed in fall by red berries that persist into winter. An unusual perennial, Rohdea japonica lends a rather formal look to the garden. It makes a good ground cover or specimen plant and is suitable for a container. This tough, evergreen perennial will spread slowly via rhizomes but maintains its generally clumping growth habit.

Rohdea japonica is best in partial to full shade and moist, well-drained soil. However, it is drought tolerant and also withstands periods of wet. The leaf tips tend to scorch in very dry soil.


  • Common Names: Lily of China, Sacred Lily
  • Zones: 6-10
  • Light Requirements: Part Shade to Shade
  • Soil Preference: Prefers moist, well-drained soil
  • Height at Maturity: 15-18
  • Width at Maturity: 12-24
  • Bloom Color: White/Cream
  • Bloom Time: Early to midspring

Special Features

  • Attracts:
  • Tolerates: Deer. Drought.
  • Other Features: Container Plant. Evergreen.

Care and Growing Tips

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