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Nymphoides indica (Water Snowflake)

Water Snowflake


Nymphoides indica (Water Snowflake) is an aquatic perennial boasting floating, round, flat, emerald-green leaves, 2-8 in. across (5-20 cm). Resembling water lily leaves, they create a lovely backdrop for the paper-white, snowflake-like flowers, 1 in. across (2.5 cm), that arise on stalks above the floating leaves. Several flowers can arise from a single plant. Their upper surface is densely fringed and covered with frilly hairs. Blooming in summer, the blossoms last only one day but they are produced in succession. Native to tropical areas around the world, Water Snowflake disperses vegetatively when leaves and associated adventitious roots become free-floating for a period of time, eventually sinking to the bottom and giving rise to new plants. In mild winter conditions, this plant can spread somewhat aggressively.

  • Grows up to 3-6 in. tall (7-15 cm) and 12-24 in. wide (30-60 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun in organically rich sandy loams or containers and submerged in 12-24 in. of water (30-60 cm).
  • Great for ponds, water gardens.
  • No serious pest or disease issue.
  • Plantlets are produced at the leaves and contribute to the vigorous growth of the plant. Monitor the growth and thin as necessary.
  • Propagate by seed or from rooted plantlets produced at leaves.
  • Native to tropical areas around the world.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Plant Type Aquatic Plants
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Height 3" – 6" (7cm – 15cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 24" (30cm – 60cm)
Water Needs High
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy
Garden Uses Ponds and Streams, Rain Gardens, 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.


Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Plant Type Aquatic Plants
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Height 3" – 6" (7cm – 15cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 24" (30cm – 60cm)
Water Needs High
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Poorly Drained
Characteristics Showy
Garden Uses Ponds and Streams, Rain Gardens, Water Gardens

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