Rohdea chinensis var. chinensis 'Taiwan'

Sacred Lily of Taiwan

Plant Type:


Rohdea chinensis var. chinensis 'Taiwan' (syn: Rohdea watanabei, Tupistra watanabei) – This is the extraordinary Sacred Lily of Taiwan. Its tough, deep green and narrow leaves can grow to 3 feet long. Green flowers like corn cobs on spikes up to 2 feet tall mature a soft orange tint. If pollinated showy red fruits develop in autumn. This is a dramatic, rarefied plant for the serious woodland gardener, striking and dramatic where it can be grown... we wish we could grow it outdoors! Although, after a recent especially harsh winter Tony Avent reported that these came through virtually unscathed in North Carolina; that's impressive! So, Rohdea chinensis var. chinensis 'Taiwan' may be hardier than known - still to be tested. Open to dappled shade in fertile soil. Site in a sheltered spot to protect Rohdea chinensis var. chinensis'Taiwan' from harsh winter winds in the northern end of its range. Dudes... this is a “must have”. For gardeners towards the northern end of its range spring planting is strongly advised - please wait. Established pot grown division.


30-36 in


24-30 in


Item Description Price  
ROCHITA Rohdea chinensis v. chin. 'Taiwan' (5 inch Square x 6 inch Tall - 2 quarts / 1.8927 liters) $28.00

Characteristics and Attributes for Rohdea chinensis var. chinensis 'Taiwan'

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Four Seasons

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant


  • Dappled Shade
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Shade


  • Natural Garden
  • Border
  • Potted Plant
  • Evergreen
  • Woodland
  • Specimen
  • Foundation
  • Collector Plant

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium
  • Slow


  • China

Propagated By

  • Division