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Nelumbo nucifera var. caspicum

Family: Nelumbonaceae
Genus: Nelumbo (nee-LUM-bo) (Info)
Species: nucifera var. caspicum

5 members have or want this plant for trade.

Ponds and Aquatics

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
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Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral gosail On Sep 26, 2011, gosail from Recklinghausen
Germany (Zone 7a) wrote:

I got this year nelumbo var. komarovii seeds from Kake Khanka. 200km north of Vladivostok. Trying first year. Hope they will grow wel. Fotos

Positive killdawabbit On Jun 30, 2011, killdawabbit from Christiana, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

My pic is of a 3 year old plant started from a single tuber from Paradise Gardens. I have it growing in a round tub about 2' in diameter and about 1' deep. The small pond it's in is about 1.5' deep. I haven't fertilized it this year.

Neutral mothermole On Jul 13, 2010, mothermole from Deer Park, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is the second season I've owned this plant and it has not bloomed yet. Lotus take some time to mature. I look forward to it's maturing and plan to return here to update my post.


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

Carlotta, California
Barrington, Illinois
Christiana, Tennessee
Johnson City, Tennessee

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