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Nymphaea 'Attraction'

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

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19 members have or want this plant for trade.

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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)
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
Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


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:

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

Seed Collecting:
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4 positives
2 neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive FountainMan On Aug 12, 2012, FountainMan from McKinney, TX wrote:

Got this water lily from Lowes a few years ago and about a year and a half ago I propagated and now have 2 and I must say these do well. My pond isn't very deep around 18" and 6' x 8' in Texas so you can imaging durring summer months the water gets pretty warm but these do well. In spring is when I see flowers. I'm thinking I would see more had I made my pond deeper and water would have probably been cooler and less stressfull on the plant which is a challenge in the summer months. But these keep pushing up new foliage and really make the pond look nice. As said before in other reviews don't expect a brilliant red but more of washed out pink. Not a huge deal. It's still a nice plant to have in any pond.

Positive Nadezda On Jan 10, 2012, Nadezda from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I bought this sort of water lily boxed in a basket from OBI, very expensive.
I thought it was an Alba lily, as it was labeled A surprise! 'Attraction'! The lily blooms, every 4-5 days comes new bloom.
In winter we put all our nymphaeas dipper in the water, under the ice. Although these water lilies are for 4-5 zones, they can't stay frosen in the ice.

Positive lmelling On Dec 29, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

I purchased my 'Attraction' waterlily from a Chase Pitkin in one of those overcrowded 6" pots they cram into their "pond." I didn't expect much but this little gem really proved to be one of the most prolific and dependable bloomers in my pond. Very hardy and easy to work with. I've only had to repot once in 3 years (this spring) and each of the 3 tubers I repotted took off. The picture I posted is of the larger tuber, repotted in spring - the picture was taken in September and shows three beautiful blooms with lots of pad growth.

The only care is to give these plants a tab of fertilizer in spring and stand back! At the onset of cool weather, I cut the foliage and flowers back to pot level and sink the pot to the bottom of the pond (about 2' depth).

One note about overwintering in northern climes - our pond is spring fed and only the top 2" - 4" freezes, even in the coldest winter. Make sure to place your lilies in the deepest part of the pond so that they won't freeze.

Positive Wingnut On Jun 15, 2004, Wingnut from Spicewood, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I bought eight of those "water plant boxed sets" from Walmart on sale, supposedly with an Attraction and an Alba lily in each. Half of the ones labeled 'Attraction' were white, but the other half were the gorgeous hot pinky red of Attraction!

I wasn't ready for how large this one gets, so had to buy an 8' diameter horse watering trough to put them in ~ and they're STILL overcrowded! LOL! Every single sick little tuber I potted is now a massive, lily with a 4+ foot spread. It's only been about 2 months, but I've gotten blooms from every single one, many multiple blooms.

I potted them in a regular gallon plastic nursery pot with plastic bags in the bottom to cover the holes, then regular sandy loam from my hay field, a 1 inch section of a fruit tree spike about four or five inches below the tuber, and gravel on top of the soil to hold it in. I placed the tuber on top of the soil, then the gravel so that the tuber sticks out of the gravel a bit. Some tubers wanted to float up, so I made a U-shaped anchor out of a piece of thick wire to put over them and hold them down on the soil.

Every tuber out there now has atleast two crowns! Many have four already! I am just amazed at how fast these grow. :)

Neutral wnstarr On May 31, 2004, wnstarr from Puyallup, WA (Zone 5a) wrote:

This water lily is sold and described as being red. It is a long stretch of the imagination to call this washed out pink a red. And they can't say it has faded from the sunshine, we don't get enough sunshine to fade even a blue flower. Otherwise it is a dependable blooming waterlily, just don't expect it to be "red".

Neutral NestEggFarms On Jul 15, 2003, NestEggFarms from Alachua, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

There are 26-28 petals per bloom & flowers are deep garnet-red. May wilt in extreme heat & is subject to crown rot. Plant spread is 4-5 ft


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

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Mission Viejo, California
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Oldsmar, Florida
Chicago, Illinois
Hutchinson, Kansas
Barbourville, Kentucky
Cut Off, Louisiana
Hammond, Louisiana
Keithville, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Frederick, Maryland
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Lansing, Michigan
Mason, Michigan
Ithaca, New York
Cleveland, Ohio
Fairfield, Ohio
West Union, Ohio
Cookeville, Tennessee
Kennedale, Texas
Mc Kinney, Texas
Santa Fe, Texas
Spicewood, Texas
Warren, Vermont
Puyallup, Washington

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