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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 'Albert Greenberg' (Tropical Water Lily)

Nymphaea 'Albert Greenberg' (Water Lily) is a day-blooming aquatic perennial boasting large, nearly round green leaves, heavily blotched purple, 18 in. across (45 cm), with wavy edges. Floating on the surface of the water, they create a lovely backdrop for the fragrant, cup-shaped flowers. Each luminous blossom, up to 6-7 in. across (15-17 cm), features several rows of yellow petals (20) with orange-pink tips surrounding a conspicuous bouquet of golden stamens.

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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 'Arc En Ciel' (Hardy Water Lily)

Nymphaea 'Arc En Ciel' (Water Lily) is a day-blooming aquatic perennial boasting a unique foliage of incredibly variegated red, brown, pink, cream and green leaves. Floating on the surface of the water, they create a lovely backdrop for the star-shaped, white flowers with a hint of pink. Each fragrant blossom, up to 5-6 in. across (12-15 cm), features 18-24 long and narrow petals surrounding a conspicuous bouquet of golden stamens.

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Nymphaea 'Atropurpurea' (Hardy Water Lily)

Nymphaea 'Atropurpurea' (Water Lily) is a day-blooming aquatic perennial boasting ovate leaves, up to 10 in, wide (25cm), deep purple when young, aging to dark green. Floating on the surface of the water, they create a lovely backdrop for the large bowl-shaped to star-shaped flowers. Each blossom, up to 7-8 in. across (17-20 cm), features deep red petals surrounding a conspicuous bouquet of yellow-orange stamens. Each flower lasts several days, opening in the morning and closing in the late afternoon.

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Nymphaea 'Attraction' (Hardy Water Lily)

Nymphaea 'Attraction' (Water Lily) is a day-blooming aquatic perennial boasting oval-shaped light bronze leaves when young, up to 10-12 in. wide (25-30 cm), maturing to deep green. 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 6-8 in. across (15-20 cm), features deep rose-red inner petals and paler outer petals. They surround a conspicuous bouquet of yellow stamens.

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Nymphaea 'August Koch' (Tropical Water Lily)

Nymphaea 'August Koch' (Water Lily) is a day-blooming aquatic perennial boasting nearly round, olive green, unevenly serrated leaves, up to 12 in. wide (30 cm), with wavy edges. Floating on the surface of the water, they create a lovely backdrop for the profuse, cup-shaped flowers, 4-6 in. across (10-15 cm). Their 22-25 petals are rich blue while the sepals are lilac-purple. Each pleasantly fragrant blossom lasts 3-4 days, opening in the morning and closing by sundown.

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Nymphaea 'Aurora' (Hardy Water Lily)

Nymphaea 'Aurora' (Water Lily) is a day-blooming aquatic perennial boasting oval green leaves, up to 6 in. wide (15 cm), blotched purple or maroon. Floating on the surface of the water, they create a lovely backdrop for the cup-shaped to star-shaped flowers. Each blossom, up to 4-5 in. across (10-12 cm), changes color with age: opening creamy-yellow, they deepen to apricot-orange to deep burgundy-red.

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Nymphaea 'Black Princess' (Hardy Water Lily)

Nymphaea 'Black Princess' (Water Lily) is a day-blooming aquatic perennial boasting purple rounded leaves, 8 in. across (20 cm), gradually turning green 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 substantially red outer petals with nearly black inner petals, surrounding a conspicuous bouquet of yellow stamens.

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Nymphaea 'Charles de Meurville' (Hardy Water Lily)

Nymphaea 'Charles de Meurville' (Water Lily) is a vigorous, day-blooming aquatic perennial boasting dark green leaves up to 10 in. wide (25 cm). Floating on the surface of the water, they create a lovely backdrop for the star-shaped flowers. Each  blossom, up to 8 in. across (20 cm), features deep rose-red inner petals and pale pink outer petals. They surround a conspicuous bouquet of bright orange stamens. Each flower lasts several days, opening in the morning and closing in the evening.

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Nymphaea 'Colorado' (Hardy Water Lily)

Nymphaea 'Colorado' (Water Lily) is a day-blooming aquatic perennial boasting rounded olive green leaves, 5-7 in. across (12-17 cm), with a burgundy mottling that disappears over time. Floating on the surface of the water, they create a lovely backdrop for the salmon colored, star-shaped flowers. Each luminous blossom, up to 4-6 in. across (10-15 cm), features several rows of pointed petals (26-28) surrounding a conspicuous bouquet of golden stamens. Blooming from spring to fall, Colorado is vigorous and a prolific bloomer, producing many flowers over a long season.

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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 'Denver' (Hardy Water Lily)

Nymphaea 'Denver' (Water Lily) is a day-blooming aquatic perennial boasting rounded green leaves with a red tint at the edges. Floating on the surface of the water, they create a lovely backdrop for the ivory white, peony shaped flowers. Each luminous blossom, up to 4 in. across (10 cm), features several rows of pointed petals surrounding a conspicuous bouquet of golden stamens. Blooming from early summer to early fall, Denver blooms reliably and produces many flowers over a long season. Use in medium ponds. Denver is a hardy nymphaea.

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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 'Ellisiana' (Hardy Water Lily)

Nymphaea 'Ellisiana' (Water Lily) is a day-blooming aquatic perennial boasting oval green leaves, up to 8 in. wide (20 cm), blotched with purple when young. Floating on the surface of the water, they create a lovely backdrop for the star-shaped, bright red flowers. Each fragrant blossom, up to 4-5 in. across (10-12 cm), features several rows of brilliant red petals (21-22) surrounding a conspicuous bouquet of glowing golden-orange stamens. Very free-flowering, Ellisiana is an excellent bloomer.

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Nymphaea 'Escarboucle' (Hardy Water Lily)

Nymphaea 'Escarboucle' (Water Lily) is a day-blooming aquatic perennial boasting round, brownish leaves when young, up to 10-12 in. wide (25-30 cm), maturing to deep green. Floating on the surface of the water, they create a lovely backdrop for the large cup- to star-shaped flowers. Each fragrant blossom, up to 6-8 in. across (15-20 cm), features bright cherry-red inner petals and outer petals tipped in white. They surround a conspicuous bouquet of glowing orange stamens.

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