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NYMPHAEA 'Tina'

Image of Nymphaea 'Tina'

James H. Schutte

Family

Nymphaeaceae

Botanical Name

NYMPHAEA 'Tina'

Plant Common Name

Tropical Day-Blooming Waterlily

General Description

The tropical day blooming waterlily 'Tina' has vibrant rose-pink flowers with a purple-white base. Bred by noted waterlily breeder Van Ness, it was first introduced in 1974. The bright blooms shine above brownish green pads pads that float on the water. They are supported by flexible stems that arise from rhizomes that anchor the plant in the mucky soil below. This is a viviparous waterlily that produces vegetative plantlets that can be removed from the parent plant and replanted as a new plant.

Tropical waterlilies require full sun and sites with calm, shallow, very warm freshwater. Tender tropical cultivars, like ‘Tina’, should be in water that is warmer than 70 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius). When water temperatures drop below this point, the plant will slowly enter dormancy by first refraining from flowering, then slowing growth. Plants will eventually die if cold temperatures continue. Planting should be done in late spring or summer, when water is warm; place 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 plants are removed from outdoor gardens before autumn nights become chilly. Overwintering plants should be grown in submerged watertight pots that can be placed in a sunny, bright, indoor room through the cold season. This tropical cultivar is a great choice for all sized freshwater pools, including tub gardens.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 7

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 15

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2

  • Plant Type

    Aquatics

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • 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

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Purple, Pink, Rose, Blue Violet, Ivory

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green, Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Semi-Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Water Gardens

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No