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Nymphaea × laydekeri ‘Fulgens’

Water lily

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Features

  • BloomsJuly
  • Growth HabitWater plant
  • Flower ColourBright red
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Nymphaea × laydekeri ‘Fulgens’ (Water lily). In the summer, this water plant has semi-double, bright red, star-shaped flowers with dark green leaves.

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
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

They produce frost-hardy waterlilies they grow in most climates and will flower freely throughout the summer. You can divide the tuber-like rhizomes and then replant in spring or summer every 3 or 4 years. The tropical waterlilies are frost tender, and will require a very warm, sunny situation. If you grow them in cooler areas, the tubers of tropical waterlilies should be lifted and stored in moist sand over the winter.

Propagation

You can propagate from seeds or by separating the plantlets in spring or early autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

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

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