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Water Lilies

Water Lilies (Nymphaea)

TROPICAL WATER LILIES (nymphaea)
 
A tropical water lily is a magnificent centerpiece for the water garden. They hold their fragrant blossoms high out of the water and can have several exquisite blooms at a time. The flowers stay open later in the day than the hardy water lilies and they also bloom later into the season. Tropical lilies can easily be distinguished from hardy water lilies in that the leaves are serrated or jagged. Tropical lilies come in day blooming and night blooming varieties. The day blooming varieties open several hours after sunrise and stay open until several hours before sunset. Some varieties of tropical water lilies are viviparous (growing plantlets on their leaves) which indicates they are more cold tolerant and will continue to bloom through fall in colder climates. The night blooming varieties will open an hour or two before sunset and remain open as late as noon on a cloudy day. For best performance plant tropical water lilies in at least a 2 gallon or larger plant container with a generous amount of heavy garden soil. Even the heaviest clay soils will work fine with the addition of a little sand and fertilizer. Fertilize monthly to reach maximum blooming potential. Depth should be maintained between 6" and 18" when first transplanted and then once established can be grown from 12" to 30" depending on the variety. Water temperatures should be at least 65 degrees before planting tropical water lilies in your water garden.

 

HARDY WATER LILIES (nymphaea)

The hardy water lily with its profuse and extravagant blossoms is a winter hardy or perennial plant. Lilies come in a variety of colors and sizes and once established bloom continuously all summer. Hardy lilies can easily be distinguished from their tropical counterparts in that the leaves are smooth around the edges. Hardy water lilies perform many functions in the water garden. Water lilies provide shade, coverage for fish, utilize water-born nutrients and insulate the water from extreme day/night temperature fluctuations. Hardy water lilies grow best in a generous amount of heavy garden soil avoiding too much organic matter unless it has been well composted. Even the heaviest clay soils will work fine with the addition of a little sand and fertilizer. Depth should be maintained between 6" and 18" when first transplanted and then once established can be grown from 12" to 30" depending on the variety. Fertilize monthly to reach maximum blooming potential.

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  1. Quick view Leopardess Water Lily

    Leopardess

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    Leopardess has striking, purple and green variegated leaves with cobalt blue flowers. Highly fragrant and free flowering, this tropical water lily is an excellent choice for any water garden.

     

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  2. Quick view Star of Siam Water Lily

    Star of Siam

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    Star of Siam has vibrant blue, star-shaped blooms. The white stamens are tipped with violet, creating the star effect. The maroon and green foliage accents the blue flowers creating a striking center-piece for any size water garden.

     

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  3. Quick view Star of Zanzibar Water Lily

    Star of Zanzibar

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    Star of Zanzibar was awarded the Banksian medal for the best new lily of 2000. This tropical water lily features gorgeous deep blue to almost purple flowers, accented by richly mottled foliage of burgundy and green. A true showpiece for medium to large water gardens.

     

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  4. Quick view Albert Greenberg Water Lily

    Albert Greenberg

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    The light orange to rose-pink blooms of Albert Greenberg are delightful. Plus, this tropical water lily is fragrant, has heavily mottled foliage and is a profuse bloomer. This  tropical water lily will tolerate partial shade.

     

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  5. Quick view Crystal Water Lily

    Crystal

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    The large, star-shaped, pure white flowers contrast nicely with the mottled leaf foliage. The flowers will remain open later in the day. Crystal is a viviparous tropical water lily, which means it has a long blooming season.

     

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  6. Quick view Green Smoke Water Lily

    Green Smoke

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    Enjoy the pleasant fragrance of this very unusual tropical water lily. The petals on the flowers range from chartreuse to light smokey blue. Green Smoke flowers freely and is an excellent choice for any size water garden.

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  7. Quick view Madame Ganna Walska Water Lily

    Madame Ganna Walska

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    Madame Ganna Walska is a very impressive tropical water lily. Beautiful lipstick-pink to lavender blooms are accented by the strikingly mottled foliage. This free flowering tropical lily will tolerate partial shade, is viviparous (more cold tolerant) and the flowers remain open later in the day. A good choice for small, medium or large ponds.

     

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  8. Quick view Miami Rose Water Lily

    Miami Rose

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    Miami Rose has beautiful fuchsia-raspberry red blooms. This eye-catching tropical water lily boasts flowers with more than 50 petals each. It is a very good bloomer and with the bold mottled foliage, it is a great choice for those wanting a tropical water lily with alot of color.

     

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  9. Quick view Ruby Water Lily

    Ruby

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    Enjoy delightful ruby-red blooms all season long. The fragrant flowers are held high out of the water and remain open later in the day. Ruby is a viviparous tropical water lily with rich green leaves.

     

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  10. Quick view Queen of Siam Water Lily

    Queen of Siam

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    Queen of Siam is an excellent bloomer with beautiful dark pink blossoms with highly mottled lily pads. Enjoy many double, star-shaped flowers throughout its' long growing season.

     

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  11. Quick view Antares Water Lily

    Antares

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    Antares is an exceptional night-blooming tropical water lily with beautiful dark rosy red flowers. It is very free flowering with cup-shaped 6" to 8" flowers. Bronze leaves can grow to 10" to 12" in diameter. Good for medium to large water gardens.

     

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  12. Quick view Mrs Emily G Hutchings Water Lily

    Emily G. Hutchings

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    Emily G. Hutchings is an exceptional night-blooming tropical water lily with beautiful fragrant, dark rose pink flowers. It is very free flowering with cup-shaped 6" to 8" flowers. Leaves can grow to 10" to 12" in diameter. Blooms earlier in the season than most night bloomers.

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  13. Quick view Hitchcock Water Lily

    Mrs. George C. Hitchcock

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    Mrs. George C. Hitchcock is a very showy tropical night-blooming lily. The light to medium pink blossoms open about dark and close about mid-day. It is a very fragrant lily that keeps blooming late into the season. The flowers are accented by large, bronze leaves.

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  14. Quick view Red Cup Water Lily

    Red Cup

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    Red Cup is a very free flowering night-blooming tropical water lily, producing large, dark rose red, cup-shaped flowers. The leaves are reddish bronze and the flowers have a slight fragrance.

     

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    Red Flare

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    This night-blooming lily produces magnificent magenta red, flowers. Flowers are held high above the waters' surface and can be 7" to 10". Red Flare is very free flowering and slightly fragrant. The large reddish bronze leaves add to the beauty of this lily. One of the best night bloomers for any size water garden.

     

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