Water lily

Nymphaea tetragona

Water lily  - Nymphaea tetragona

Common Name: Water lily
Genus: Nymphaea
Species: tetragona

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

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.10 m (10 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.40 m (40 cm)

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



Small slightly fragrant cup-shaped white flowers up to 5cm (2in) across with slightly scalloped petals float atop round mid green leaves from June to September. These award-winning pygmy water lilies will happily grow in as little as 15cm (6in) of water and they are perfect candidates for a small pond or tub in a sheltered sunny site. The shade cast by the leaves also helps to check the spread of the 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.

  • Goes well with: Caltha palustris Juncus effusus f. 'Spiralis' Iris laevigata 'Snowdrift' Equisetum scirpoides Rodgersia aesculifolia Primula denticulata 'Alba'


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