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PlantFiles: Tropical Water Lily, Waterlily
Nymphaea 'Panama Pacific'

Family: Nymphaeaceae (nim-fee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Nymphaea (NIM-fee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Panama Pacific

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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:
Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter
Mid Winter
Blooms all year
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From leaf cuttings
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive PinetopPlanter On Jul 16, 2009, PinetopPlanter from Auburn Four Corners, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have had this variety growing for over 3 years now in our pond. I keep plants of it going year-to-year by taking a bunch of the viviparous plantlets (a small plant that forms in the center of a lily pad/leaf) and keeping them on a sunny windowsill in plastic cups with aquatic soil and water a couple of inches deep over the winter. Nice to not have to buy new plants every year!

This is an easy-to-grow variety, with impressive color (purple-blue), nice fragrance, pretty leaves, and the ability to adjust to the size of the container it is grown in. From mid-August on, it is pretty prolific in its setting of viviparous plantlets, and last year it bloomed right through the end of September. I have had 4 blooms open at one time, but I do feed aquatic plant food tablets on a fairly regular basis.

Highly recommended variety! Provides a nice contrast to the hardy varieties which do not come in blues or purples. Plant out deep enough to escape deer browsing, if that is a problem in your area. (I sometimes place a sturdy, empty tub upside down, then put the tub with the lily in it on top of that so the plant isn't in too deep, but the deer are deterred).

Positive khabbab On Jul 13, 2009, khabbab from lahore
Pakistan (Zone 10b) wrote:

In Lahore Pakistan, this plant blooms from April till October. In winters, it goes dormant. Easy to grow in a small tub. Exotic blooms and sweet mild fragrance. Bigger pot will result in greater blooms. i am growing it in a clay pot of 16 inches diameter wide with 12 inches depth. There are lots of colors available but none of them is night bloomer. This one opens at 10 am while closes at 5 pm

Positive NestEggFarms On Jul 28, 2003, NestEggFarms from Alachua, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Blooms are an impressive reddish/purple & they stay open longer than most other tropicals. It will bloom until early frost. Zones 9-11 have a possibility of seeing blooms all year. A Viviparous variety that does well in any size pond. Requires full to partial sun. A great beginner waterlily.


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

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Miami, Florida
Aiea, Hawaii
Osage City, Kansas
Saint Robert, Missouri
Meshoppen, Pennsylvania
Corpus Christi, Texas

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