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Longwood Hybrid Victoria Lily Victoria 'Longwood Hybrid'

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vic-TOR-ee-uh LAWNG-wud HAHY-brid
Description

This giant waterlily is grown as an annual in NC and can be germinated from seed each year. It is nonviviparous and free-flowering and withstands wind and cool water temperatures better than the species. It is a hybrid between the two species of this genus.

Famous for its enormous leaves, which can grow 4-6 feet in diameter and are supported by large spongy veins. The leaves have upturned edges and the leaf underside (and stem) are covered in sharp spines, as a possible defense against herbivores such as fish and manatees. They grow best in shallow, quiet waters such as the backwaters of large river systems.

The large flowers are night-blooming and open for 2-3 days. On the first day, it opens white and emits a sweet pineapple scent and on the second day, it reopens pink. Once a plant matures and begins to flower, it typically will produce additional flowers until the end of the season.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#sun#showy flowers#annual#white flowers#showy leaves#large leaves#ponds#waterlilies
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#sun#showy flowers#annual#white flowers#showy leaves#large leaves#ponds#waterlilies
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Victoria
    Family:
    Nymphaeaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Water Plant
    Habit/Form:
    Horizontal
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Appendage:
    Prickles
    Spines
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Frequent Standing Water
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Cup
    Flower Petals:
    more than 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    > 6 inches
    Flower Description:
    Up to 12-inch white blooms open at night then change to pink on the following night.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Orbicular
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    4-8 feet lily pads with up-turned reddish edges that have spines on the undersides.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Pond
    Landscape Theme:
    Water Garden
    Design Feature:
    Specimen