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Nuphar advena

Family: Nymphaeaceae (nim-fee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Nuphar (NOO-far) (Info)
Species: advena (ad-VEEN-a) (Info)

Synonym:Nuphar lutea subsp. advena
Synonym:Nuphar advena var. brevifolia
Synonym:Nuphar advena var. cubana
Synonym:Nuphar americana
Synonym:Nuphar ovata

Ponds and Aquatics

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Joan On Jun 6, 2009, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Additional Synonyms:

Nuphar advena var. brevifolia
Nuphar advena var. cubana
Nuphar advena var. erythraea
Nuphar advena var. tomentosa
Nuphar americana
Nuphar chartacea
Nuphar fluviatilis
Nuphar x interfluitans
Nuphar ludoviciana
Nuphar lutea subsp. advena
Nuphar lutea subsp. macrophylla
Nuphar microcarpa
Nuphar ovata
Nuphar puberula
Nuphar puteora
Nymphaea advena
Nymphaea advena subsp. erythraea
Nymphaea advena subsp. macrophylla
Nymphaea arifolia
Nymphaea chartacea
Nymphaea ludoviciana
Nymphaea macrophylla]
Nymphaea microcarpa
Nymphaea ovata
Nymphaea puberula
Nymphozanthus advena
Nymphozanthus advena var. macrophylla
Nymphozanthus fluviatilis

Neutral ineedacupoftea On May 11, 2006, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

As I understand, advena has pointed edges to the leaf where it has its sinus, and leaves usually rise above the water, some float one-half of the leaf on the water (front half points up, back fins on surface.)

I observed it crowded into shallow ponds in the midwest.
As a pond plant, it seems more vigorous and heat-tolerant than other Nuphar.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Grand Junction, Colorado
Deland, Florida

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