Water lily

Nymphaea 'Colonel A J Welch'

Water lily - Nymphaea  'Colonel A J Welch'

Common Name: Water lily
Genus: Nymphaea
Cultivar: 'Colonel A J Welch'

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

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

Flower Colour: Yellow
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to September

Cheerful cup-shaped soft-yellow flowers which appear to peep through a floating carpet of dark-green leaves appear from June to September. This water lily is best grown at a planting depth of 75-120cm (30-48in). 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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