Water lily

Nymphaea 'Marliacea Albida'

Water lily - Nymphaea  'Marliacea Albida'

Common Name: Water lily
Genus: Nymphaea
Cultivar: 'Marliacea Albida'

Category: Aquatic & Bog Garden Plants
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Good for wildlife

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.10 m (10 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 1.20 m (120 cm)

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



A free-flowering variety that produces a profusion of fragrant bowl-shaped double white flowers with prominent yellow centres from June to September. 'Marliacea Albida' is the most popular white water lily in cultivation. Best planted at a depth of 45-75cm (18-30in) it needs plenty of space so makes an excellent choice for a lake or 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 to 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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