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Arc-en-ciel Nymphaea 'Arc-en-ciel'

Description

Water lilies are a group of plants containing about 70 known species. They are either tropical or hardy and grow in water 3 inches to 2 foot deep. The spread is variable from 2 foot to about 12 foot. Larger plants need larger water gardens or ponds. Short ones do well growing in containers. They prefer non-moving water without fountains or currents. Most prefer full sun but some will tolerate some shade. The flowers are showy and usually fragrant with showy lily pads for leaves. Viviparous water lilies form plantlets attached to the mother plant.

This waterlily has unique foliage and lovely blooms. Blooms are held above the water. Not as prolific of a bloomer as some but the foliage makes up for it. Suitable for medium to large water gardens. It has a 4-5 foot spread.

Cultivars:
Tags:
#showy flowers#water garden#showy leaves#water plant#ponds#waterlilies
Cultivars:
Tags:
#showy flowers#water garden#showy leaves#water plant#ponds#waterlilies
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Nymphaea
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Wildlife Value:
    Water lily leaves provide a landing pad for thirsty bees while offering shelter for aquatic wildlife beneath the surface. The shade cast from the leaves also helps to prevent the growth of algae.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Water Plant
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Horizontal
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    more than 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Star-shaped flowers are shell pink the first day, white the second day; 5-6 inches
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Cream/Tan
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Pink
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Orbicular
    Leaf Margin:
    Sinuate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    9.5 in. round leaves; open predominantly pink with cream and pale green and ages into green and cream with pink and pale green splashes of color; underside reddish brown
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Pond
    Landscape Theme:
    Water Garden
    Design Feature:
    Mass Planting