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PlantFiles: Changeable Hardy Water Lily, Waterlily
Nymphaea 'Aurora'

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

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

Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Amoena On Oct 7, 2010, Amoena from Nashville, TN wrote:

I had some difficulty finding a hardy water lily small enough for my tiny pond (

Positive DaraMV On Aug 5, 2004, DaraMV wrote:

The flowers are very spectacular and no photo can do it justice, but it doesn't bloom very often. This waterlily is not the best performing, blooms are quite rare compared to other hardy varieties. It is sometimes refered to as a dwarf variety, but the spread can be as much as 3 feet. The pads are quite interesting though.

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

A changeable hardy waterlily with 1st day flowers blooming a yellow/apricot, next day orange/red with some flecking & 3rd day, a deep burgundy/red with minor flecking. Its a fantastic bloomer, producing cup-shaped flowers that end up flatter! There are app. 24-25 petals per bloom. The new leaves are purple blotched in color. Plant spread app. is 3 feet.


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Merced, California
Boca Raton, Florida
Lothair, Montana
Nashville, Tennessee

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