Tropical Day-Blooming Water Lily, Waterlily
Nymphaea 'Green Smoke'

Family: Nymphaeaceae (nim-fee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Nymphaea (NIM-fee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Green Smoke
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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Pale Green

Light Blue

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)

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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:


San Jose, California

Miami, Florida

Frederick, Maryland

Denville, New Jersey

Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 12, 2013, wagtail from DENVILLE, NJ (Zone 6a) wrote:

Unique color, but not a great bloomer.


On Sep 22, 2010, visualgardener from Frederick, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

The neatest, most surreal-looking tropical I have ever grown. It didn't win the prize for most blooms (see: 'Colorado', and my unfortunate shady-pond problem) but it's impressive when seen in real life. The blossoms on mine also grew to be huge, a good 6 inches on the biggest. If you want something unusual, I'd definately recommend it, but don't get one unless you've got a good 4' round area for it -- mine spread like crazy.


On Jun 13, 2004, LouAnn707 from Saint Simons Island, GA wrote:

Beautiful color, does not show as well in a photograph as in person. Strong fragrance. Not as robust as some, but very much worth having.


On Jul 17, 2003, NestEggFarms from Alachua, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

The Green Smoke tropical waterlily has uniquely colored petals. The inner petals are greenish yellow, tipped blue, with outer petals blue. This is a fragrant day bloomer with 21-22 petals. Leaves are greenish with faint purple blotches. New leaves are pinkish to bronze. Plant spread is 4-6 ft.