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Changeable Hardy Water Lily, Waterlily '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:

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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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Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Where to Grow:

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

Phoenix, Arizona

Merced, California

Boca Raton, Florida

Lothair, Montana

Nashville, Tennessee

Gardeners' Notes:


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

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


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.


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.