Pollia japonica
Common Name: pollia
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Commelinaceae
Native Range: Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Vietnam
Zone: 5 to 8
Height: 1.00 to 3.00 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 3.00 feet
Bloom Time: July
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Part shade to full shade
Water: Medium to wet
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy
Fruit: Showy

Culture

Grow in average, medium to wet, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Pollia japonica is a rhizomatous, herbaceous perennial that typically grows on upright stems to 1-3' tall. Features large, oblong to oblanceolate leaves (8-12" long) and loose terminal panicles of small, 1/4" wide, white flowers. Flowers are followed by blue, 1/4" diameter fruits (berry-like capsules). Uncommon in cultivation.

Genus name honors Jan van der Poll (d. 1781) burgomaster of Amsterdam.

Specific epithet means of Japan.

Problems

No serious insect or disease problems.

Garden Uses

Best in shade or woodland gardens. Unique and uncommon status also gives it a certain amount of specimen value.