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NYMPHAEA 'Mrs Edwards Whitaker'
Mrs. Edward Whitaker Waterlily, Tropical Day-blooming Waterlily
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The day-blooming tropical waterlily ‘Mrs. Edwards Whitaker’ is a very free-flowering cultivar with breathtaking light blue petals. These beautifully fragranced, huge star-like flowers are held above the water surface and begin to close in the early evening. The pollen-carrying anthers in the flower's center are yellow with blue tips. This waterlily has green floating leaves with infrequent small purple blotches. They are supported by flexible green stems that arise from a rhizome growing in mucky soil below.
Tropical waterlilies require full sun and sites with calm, shallow, very warm freshwater. Tender tropical cultivars, like ‘Mrs. Edwards Whitaker’, 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 time-proven choice for a medium to large freshwater pool.
12 - 7
10 - 15
A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
6'-7' / 1.8m - 2.1m
Clay, Loam, Sand
White, Yellow, Red, Orange, Pink, Magenta, Fuchsia, Coral, Peach, Blue Violet, Ivory
Green, Dark Green
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