Introducing Rohdea Japonica
Rohdea Japonica is an incredible evergreen herbaceous perennial plant. This rare genus, native to Japan and China, also commonly known as Sacred Lily are highly prized in Japan. With many known varieties, mostly with all green leaves, some are variegated with white edges on a narrow dark green leaves grow from 12 inches tall and spreads about 20 inches wide. Rohdea is a slow grower and does best in the shade garden.
Plant with Maya’s first featured garden was Tranquility, the first and only garden I know where Rohdea are grown. My initial introduction to this oriental plant was when a friend of mine, Ms. Cornelia B. Holland, a hosta and rohdea grower gifted me with a rohdea seedling few years ago from her Tranquility garden.
Ms. Cornelia’s garden is truly a showcase of many Rohdea species from seedlings to mature plants. Just recently, I started my hands on propagating rohdea cultivars from seeds. Rohdea requires cold seed stratification in order to sprout properly. It is a welcome challenge to learn and cultivate slow growing rohdea from seeds as it takes five years from sowing the seeds to sufficiently large enough size for rohdea to be planted in their permanent positions in the ground. It is best to protect this plant from its first winter and move it outside in the spring or early summer. I will definitely give a regular update on how my rohdea seed propagation is doing so stay tuned! We are also going to provide you more information about Rohdea Japonica types and care tips so come back and check us later on our next episode on Plant with Maya.