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Nymphaea (Water Lilies)

Hardy Water Lilies, Tropical Water Lilies, Hardy Waterlilies, Tropical Waterlilies (Nymphaea)


Prized for their legendary beauty, Water lilies (Nymphaea) are submerged aquatic perennials with attractive floating leaves and showy flowers held on or above the water. In addition to their beauty, water lilies also help keep the pond or water garden healthy in aiding its ecosystem. The shade created by their lush foliage keeps the water temperature down during the hot summer months, prevents algae growth and provides shelter to the fish. Moreover, water lilies absorb nutrients in the water, keeping the water clear and clean.

The world of water lilies is rich in color palette, shapes, sizes, blooming patterns and growing periods. There is literally a water lily for every pond, large container, tub or water garden. Easy to grow, they all reward gardeners with sumptuous blossoms from early summer until early fall.

Guide Information

Hardiness 3 - 11
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, H1, H2
Plant Type Aquatic Plants
Plant Family Nymphaea - Water Lilies
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2" - 1' (5cm - 30cm)
Spread 2' - 8' (60cm - 240cm)
Water Needs High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Poorly Drained
Landscaping Ideas Ponds and Streams, Water Gardens

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 3 - 11
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, H1, H2
Plant Type Aquatic Plants
Plant Family Nymphaea - Water Lilies
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2" - 1' (5cm - 30cm)
Spread 2' - 8' (60cm - 240cm)
Water Needs High
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Poorly Drained
Landscaping Ideas Ponds and Streams, Water Gardens
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