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Nymphaea 'James Brydon'

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

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


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

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

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

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

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive dan8 On Aug 19, 2013, dan8 from Stockton, CA wrote:

A classic red lily with very uniform foliage and flowers. Absolutely one of my most favorite water lilies because of its beautifully cupped bloom. It starts out dark pink and cupped and by the fourth day, it is more flattened and a darker magenta color, looks almost like a whole different lily. The leaves are perfectly round with beautiful shades of green, and purple when new. It is also nicely mottled, but very modestly. This lily performs very poorly in warm water, and it seems to perform only when given enough space for its roots to spread, but other than that, it is really easy to grow, and has a very nice flower to leaf ratio.
I guess the only drawback to me for this lily is that it closes rather early, at about 4 pm for me. So those who only have time to enjoy there ponds in the evening will miss out on its spectacular blooms.


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

Stockton, California
Cordele, Georgia
Indianapolis, Indiana
Prospect, Kentucky
Silver Spring, Maryland
Mason, Michigan
Lothair, Montana
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Tiverton, Rhode Island
Clifton Forge, Virginia

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