Rohdea chinensis var. chinensis 'Taiwan'

Sacred Lily of China

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Item #: 3727

Zones: 7a to 10b

Dormancy: Evergreen

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Light Shade to Shade

Origin: Taiwan

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

(syn: Rohdea watanabei, Tupistra watanabei) Our plants of Rohdea chinensis var. chinensis are from the original collection by Bleddyn and Sue Wynn-Jones of Wales from the Wuling Farm region of Taiwan. Discovered growing on steep, damp, forested cliffs at 6,000' elevation, this represents the Taiwan form of the wide-ranging but virtually uncultivated Chinese Rohdea chinensis var. chinensis. The leathery evergreen leaves can reach up to 3' long x 3" wide. Each 3' wide clump is adorned with 2' tall scapes of green flowers that age to orange with a unique "clinical" scent (according to Bleddyn), that is strongest in late afternoon. The faded flowers subsequently mature into short stalks of bright red fruit in fall. This is a must for serious plant collectors!