White water lily

Nymphaea alba

White water lily - Nymphaea alba

Common Name: White water lily
Genus: Nymphaea
Species: alba

Category: Aquatic & Bog Garden Plants
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Good for wildlife

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.10 m (10 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 1.75 m (175 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: White, Yellow
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to September



Large cup-shaped white flowers up to 20cm across with a double ruff of white petals enclosing a yellow centre sit like crowns atop round dark green floating leaves from June to September. Our native white water lily will happily grow in water up to three metres deep. It is an excellent choice for a large deep wildlife pond where the dark green leaves create a shady underwater habitat for native fish and amphibians. The shade cast by the foliage also helps check the spread of algae.

  • Garden care: Plant firmly in a hessian-lined aquatic planting basket filled with aquatic compost. Apply a 2.5cm (1in) top-dressing of pea shingle or gravel to prevent the top layer of the planting medium from clouding the water. The crown of the plant should protrude slightly above the surface of the planting basket. Raise the basket on bricks when the plant is young gradually lowering them as the plant matures so that the leaves float on the surface.

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