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NYMPHAEA 'Loose'

Image of Nymphaea 'Loose'

James H. Schutte

Family

Nymphaeaceae

Botanical Name

NYMPHAEA 'Loose'

Plant Common Name

Hardy Waterlily

Special Notice

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

General Description

This genus of water-loving plants encompasses approximately 50 species, which are distributed in temperate and tropical regions worldwide. Waterlilies have been cultivated for thousands of years and there are hundreds of cultivated varieties available.

All species of Nymphaea have floating, rounded to oval leaves with a cleft at the base. These are supported by long, flexible stems that are submerged. Throughout the growing season large, colorful, multi-petaled flowers with numerous anthers are produced at or above the surface of the water. Their rhizomatous roots anchor the plants along mucky pond or lake shallows.

Waterlilies are generally divided into two categories, hardy and tropical. Hardy waterlilies are deciduous, bloom in the daytime, their flowers float on the water, or slightly above, and they come in shades of white, yellow, pink and red. Tropical species or cultivars are evergreen, may be day or night-blooming, have flowers that extend above the water and come in a wider array of bright shades to include vibrant violet-blue. Some selections also have fragrant blooms.

All Nymphaea require calm, shallow, freshwater for growth. Hardy species must be subjected to a period of dormancy if grown in southern climates with mild winters. Full to partial sun is a necessity.

Waterlilies provide an excellent splash of color in ponds or water gardens. Hardiness is species or cultivar dependent.

Characteristics

  • Plant Type

    Aquatics

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    World/Pandemic

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Poorly Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Wet Site

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Ample Water

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Red, Orange, Pink, Magenta, Fuchsia, Coral, Peach, Blue Violet, Ivory

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green

  • 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

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Water Gardens

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No