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Nymphaea ‘Perry's Red Star’

Water lily

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Features

  • BloomsJune
  • Growth HabitWater plant
  • Flower ColourPink to claret-red
  • Leaf ColourMedium green

Description

Nymphaea ‘Perry's Red Star’ (Water lily). These are deciduous, summer-flowering, perennial and water plants. The depth of water must be between 30cm and 1.5m. There grown for their floating usually rounded leaves and brightly coloured flowers. .

Characteristics

Perennial, Aquatic

Origin

North America

Interest and use

Grown for their floating, usually rounded leaves and brightly coloured flowers.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • WaterWet

Cultivation

Most frost tender plants may be treated as annuals. These waterlillies can grow in most climates and will flower freely throughout the summer. The tropical waterlilies are frost tender, and will require a very warm, sunny situation with a minimum temperature of 10C. They flower from mid-summer into the autumn, and produce large, scented flowers which are held above the water surface. If you grow them in cooler areas, the tubers of tropical waterlilies should be lifted and stored in moist sand over the winter. Remove fading foliage to prevent it polluting water. Plants have tuber-like rhizomes and require dividing and replanting in spring or early summer every 3-4 years.

Propagation

May be propagated by seed or by separating plantlets in spring or early summer. When you divide the rhizomes every 3 or 4 years, save some to replant in spring or summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to China-mark moth, water-lily beetle and aphids.

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