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NYMPHAEA 'Bagdad'

Image of Nymphaea 'Bagdad'

James H. Schutte

Family

Nymphaeaceae

Botanical Name

NYMPHAEA 'Bagdad'

Plant Common Name

Tropical Night-blooming Viviparous Waterlily

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

The day-blooming Bagdad tropical waterlily not only has pretty wisteria-blue to lilac flowers, but attractive purple and red blotches on all its leaves. The sweet-smelling, full, star-shaped blooms are held above the water surface and begin to close in the early evening around sunset. Each blossom lasts for three to four days. Their centers are filled with butterscotch-yellow anthers with blue tips. 'Bagdad' was introduced in 1941. It's a free-flowering variety.

'Bagdad' has large, round, green floating leaves with blotches and mottling of red and purple. Leaf undersides are darker green and also boast large purple blotches. Foliage is tethered by flexible stems that arise from a rhizome growing in mucky soil below. The plant will readily produce floating plantlets from floating leaves, making propagation very easy and successful.

Tropical waterlilies require full sun and sites with calm, shallow, very warm freshwater. Tender tropical cultivars, like ‘Bagdad’, should be in water that is warmer than 75 degrees Fahrenheit (24 degrees Celsius). When water temperatures drop below this point, the plant will slowly enter a dormancy by first stopping flowering, then reducing growth dramatically and eventually death if in cold water for an extended period. In late spring or summer, when water is warm, plant the rhizome directly in heavy, mucky soil or in a large submerged container filled with dense loam or clay-rich garden soil (not light potting mix). If growing tropical waterlilies in climates with very cold winters, ensure that the plant is removed from the pool before expected chilly autumn nights. In these cases plants must be grown in submerged watertight pots that can be pulled out and placed in a sunny, bright, indoor room to overwinter. This tropical cultivar is a great choice for a medium to large freshwater pool.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 7

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 15

  • Plant Type

    Aquatics

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Width

    6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Poorly Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Ample Water

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Light Blue, Lavender

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Purple, Dark Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Purple, Dark Red

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Purple, Dark Red

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Feature Plant, Water Gardens

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No