Rohdea japonica--selected form

Common Name:
Sacred lily
Plant Type:
Evergreen perennial
Liliaceae (The Lily Family)
Geographic Origin:
Japan and East Asia
California Native?:
Plant Size:
2 feet
Landscape/Garden Uses:
shade gardens
Flowering Season:
Flower Color:
Medium shade
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 0 degrees F. or less
A thick-leaved perennial of the lily family, making low rosettes of thick, waxy leaves. The leaves are roughly sword-shaped, 12-18 inches long and deep green in color. Those of our traditional selection are ridged on the upper surface and irregularly striped with yellow. Short spikes of yellowish flowers emerge from the crowns in spring. These are fairly inconspicuous, but the orange to scarlet berries which develop later are quite decorative. Light to medium shade, well drained acid soil, moderate watering. These are fine plants for containers.