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Nymphaea odorata (and hybrids)

Nymphaea odorata (and hybrids)

Common name waterlily
Family nymphaeaceae
Life cycle perennial
Light sun
Cultural notes water plant

We grow two waterlilies in our self-dug little pond: Hollandia (pink), and Virginia (white). We don't do nearly enough in the way of fertilizing to get optimal bloom, but they flower off and on all summer. After struggling with keeping them in place in plastic containers (they always wind up wanting to float away), we now have them planted in large terracotta pots that sit at the bottom of that pond (which is about 18" deep).
The big new pond also came with eight waterlilies planted along the outer rim - two each of the varieties 'Firecrest' (pink), 'Virginalis' (white), 'Attraction' (red), and 'Chromatella' (yellow). In their first year, these bloomed before the ones in the little pond did, probably because the big pond gets a bit more sun.

Nymphaea odorata (and hybrids)
Nymphaea odorata (and hybrids)
'Chromatella' has attractive burgundy-splashed pads, too

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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