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PlantFiles: Red Tiger Lotus
Nymphaea zenkeri

Family: Nymphaeaceae (nim-fee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Nymphaea (NIM-fee-uh) (Info)
Species: zenkeri

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under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
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Sun to Partial Shade

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Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens
Suitable for growing in containers

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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ogon On Jul 10, 2011, ogon from Paradise, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

Red Tiger Lotus is a fairly common Nymphaea in the planted tank hobby. It originates in southern Africa, and prefers warm water temperatures between 70-85*F. It is grown for its bronze, pink, red, or burgundy mottled leaves, and rarely flowers in the aquarium setting. A very small Nymphaea, the whole plant rarely exceeds 12in around. Leaves are gerally 1/2 to 1 in long, and can occur completely emersed or at the water surface. To encourage emersed leaves, those that rise to the surface are pinched off. Does well in moderate to high light, but as with most aquarium plants, growth is best under high light with supplemental carbon, either from a CO2 system or Excel.

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