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Nymphaea - Water Lilies

Nymphaea (Water Lily) is a genus of hardy and tender aquatic perennials with floating, rounded leaves and incredibly ravishing flowers in a wide range of colors. Opening during the day or at night, the flowers rise out of the water or float on the surface. Cup- or bowl-shaped, the blossoms may be fragrant or may change color depending on the water temperature of the pond.

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Nymphaea 'Almost Black' (Hardy Water Lily)

Nymphaea 'Almost Black' (Water Lily) is a day-blooming aquatic perennial boasting bronze flushed rounded leaves turning a rich green color as they mature. Floating on the surface of the water, they create a lovely backdrop for the striking dark red, almost black, peony shaped flowers. Each  slightly fragrant blossom, up to 5-6 in. across (12-15 cm), features several rows of cherry-soda red petals (38-40) surrounding a conspicuous bouquet of yellow stamens.

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Nymphaea 'Conqueror' (Hardy Water Lily)

Nymphaea 'Conqueror' (Water Lily) is a day-blooming aquatic perennial boasting slightly bronze rounded leaves, up to 8 in. wide (20 cm), when young. Floating on the surface of the water, they create a lovely backdrop for the large cup- to star-shaped flowers. Each slightly fragrant blossom, up to 7-8 in. across (17-20 cm), features deep red inner petals and almost white outer petals that turn pink as the flower ages.

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Nymphaea 'Director George T. Moore' (Tropical Water Lily)

Nymphaea 'Director George T. Moore' (Water Lily) is a day-blooming aquatic perennial boasting rounded green leaves, up to 12 in. wide (30 cm), with some purple markings. Floating on the surface of the water, they create a lovely backdrop for the large star-shaped flowers, 7-10 in. across (17-25 cm). Each blossom features pointed, violet-purple petals surrounding a conspicuous bouquet of golden stamens. Each flower lasts 3-4 days, opening in the morning and closing at night.

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Nymphaea 'Fabiola' (Hardy Water Lily)

Nymphaea 'Fabiola' (Water Lily) is a day-blooming aquatic perennial boasting rounded green leaves, up to 8 in. wide (20 cm), with red undersides. Floating on the surface of the water, they create a lovely backdrop for the pleasantly fragrant, bubblegum pink flowers. Each cup-shaped blossom, up to 4-6 in. across (10-15 cm), features several rows of pointed petals (20) surrounding a conspicuous bouquet of yellow stamens.

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Nymphaea 'Gold Medal' (Hardy Water Lily)

Nymphaea 'Gold Medal' (Water Lily) is a day-blooming aquatic perennial boasting dark olive green leaves, up to 6 in. wide (15 cm), with purple markings. Floating on the surface of the water, they create a lovely backdrop for the heavily petalled, rich yellow flowers. Each luminous  blossom, up to 4 in. across (10 cm), features several rows of pointed petals surrounding a conspicuous bouquet of golden stamens.

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Nymphaea 'Marliacea Chromatella' (Hardy Water Lily)

Nymphaea 'Marliacea Chromatella' (Water Lily) is a day-blooming aquatic perennial boasting olive green leaves, up to 8 in. wide (20 cm), with purple markings. Floating on the surface of the water, they create a lovely backdrop for the pale yellow flowers. Each goblet-shaped blossom, up to 4-6 in. across (10-15 cm), features several rows of pointed petals (7-20) surrounding a conspicuous bouquet of orange stamens. Blooming all summer, Marliacea Chromatella is free-flowering and produces many flowers over a long season.

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Nymphaea 'Marliacea Rosea' (Hardy Water Lily)

Nymphaea 'Marliacea Rosea' (Water Lily) is a day-blooming aquatic perennial boasting rounded green leaves, up to 8 in. wide (20 cm). Floating on the surface of the water, they create a lovely backdrop for the uniform pale pink flowers. Each cup- to star-shaped blossom, up to 5 in. across (12 cm), features several rows of pointed petals surrounding a conspicuous bouquet of yellow stamens. Each flower lasts several days, opening in the morning and closing in the late afternoon.

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Nymphaea 'Pink Pearl' (Tropical Water Lily)

Nymphaea 'Pink Pearl' (Water Lily) is a day-blooming aquatic perennial boasting nearly rounded deep green leaves, up to 10 in. (25 cm). Floating on the surface of the water, they create a lovely backdrop for the large, pleasantly fragrant, cup-shaped flowers, 7-8 in. across (17-20 cm). Each blossom features up to 40-42 silvery pink pointed petals and a pure white throat. Blooming profusely all summer, Pink Pearl is a tropical nymphaea that is nonviviparous and perfect for all ponds and large tub gardens.

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Nymphaea 'Pygmaea Helvola' (Hardy Water Lily)

Nymphaea 'Pygmaea Helvola' (Water Lily) is a miniature aquatic perennial boasting dark, purple-blotched, rounded leaves, up to 4 in. wide (10 cm). Floating on the surface of the water, they create a lovely backdrop for the cup-shaped, semi-double flowers. Each fragrant blossom, up to 2 in. across (5 cm), features upward-curving lemon-yellow petals surrounding a conspicuous bouquet of glowing golden-orange stamens.

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Nymphaea 'René Gérard' (Hardy Water Lily)

Nymphaea 'René Gérard' (Water Lily) is a day-blooming aquatic perennial boasting bronze rounded leaves, up to 12 in. wide (30 cm), when young. Floating on the surface of the water, they create a lovely backdrop for the large rosy-red flowers. Each star-shaped blossom, up to 9 in. across (22 cm), features several rows of pointed petals surrounding a conspicuous bouquet of yellow stamens. The outer petals are paler and strongly-flecked.

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Nymphaea alba (White Water Lily)

Nymphaea alba (White Water Lily) is a day-blooming aquatic perennial boasting rounded green leaves, up to 12 in. (30 cm). Floating on the surface of the water, they create a lovely backdrop for the large, slightly fragrant, white flowers. Cup-shaped at first, each blossom, up to 8 in. across (20 cm), becomes star-shaped with age and features several rows of pointed petals (12-28) surrounding a conspicuous bouquet of golden stamens. Blooming all summer, Nymphaea alba is a hardy nymphaea.

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Nymphaea caerulea (Egyptian Blue Water Lily)

Nymphaea caerulea (Egyptian Blue Water Lily) is a day-blooming aquatic perennial boasting rounded green leaves, up to 16 in. (40 cm), with a notch at the leaf stem. Floating on the surface of the water, they create a lovely backdrop for the star-shaped flowers, 4-6 in. across (10-15 cm). Each blossom features upright, pointed, light blue petals surrounding a conspicuous bouquet of golden stamens. Blooming all summer, Egyptian Blue Water Lily is a tropical nymphaea.

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Nymphaea colorata (Tropical Water Lily)

Nymphaea colorata (Water Lily) is a day-blooming aquatic perennial boasting rounded green leaves, up to 8 in. (20 cm), adorned with bluish to purple undersides. Floating on the surface of the water, they create a lovely backdrop for the pinwheel-shaped flowers, 4-5 in. across (10-12 cm). Each blossom features wisteria blue, pointed petals (13-15) surrounding a conspicuous bouquet of purple stamens. Blooming all summer, Nymphaea colorata is a tropical nymphaea

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Nymphaea odorata (Fragrant Water Lily)

A hardy American water lily, Nymphaea odorata (Fragrant Water Lily) is a floating aquatic plant boasting flat, round, bright green leaves, up to 1 ft. (30 cm), with reddish undersides. Arising in close succession, they have a deep notch at one side where the stem is attached.

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