"Great for under shrubs and
trees in root competition and somewhat dryish soils."
Rohdea japonica sounds like just the ticket for under a Silver Maple. I
also saw on another site that deer apparently don't go for it, so that's
another plus for some people.
I also saw some variegated varieties that look smashing, but I suppose
they are less hardy. It was mentioned that Rohdea has been used as a
houseplant in Japan for centuries.
Again, those common names! Seriously, when I have looked up Sacred Lily
of China, it always comes back Narcissus tazetta. If the flowers of
Rohdea are nothing to write home about, why would they use that common
name? I also found it called Nippon Lily and Sacred Lily (though without
reference to China).
From: Gene Bush <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: 05/30/03 07:23 AM
Subject: Re: Re: [CHAT] New USDA Zone Map/ pushing the envelope
> Hello Kitty,
Perhaps you would have better luck in the search if I spelled the name
correctly. Should be * Rohdea* japonica. There are a few nurseries out
on the internet carrying this one, so photos should be available. Common
name is Sacred Lily of China. It is coming into bloom now in the garden,
I am told the blooms and resulting berries are insignificant... Foliage is
long strap-like leaves from a rhizome. Dark leathery green with high
and ripples along the edge of each leaf. I just found a supplier for the
species so will have the plants in fall listing. Great for under shrubs
trees in root competition and somewhat dryish soils. I am using mine with
mottled gingers and corydalis.
Gene E. Bush
Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, llc
Zone 6/5 Southern Indiana
----- Original Message -----
> Got a picture? I googled Rhodea japonica and only got a picture of a
> landscape. Checked sites and found common name, Sacred Lily of China.
> However, NCU and Calhort Society both use that common nmae for
> Naricissus tazetta. I may have something at home on Rhodea, but I'm
> curious now.
If you have weeds, you don't have enough plants.
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