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Nymphaea 'Joey Tomocik'

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

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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

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Bright Yellow

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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3 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

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

Received only one or two blooms and slow to get started (not uncommon with Strawn varieties, however). May have potted it too deep in my stock tank (cooler water?). Maybe I will try again some day.

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

Hands down the best yellow I've ever seen or grown. It's been in my pond from the get-go, and while it needed an extra dose of fertilizer occasionally to kick it in the pants, it's been worth it every time. It tolerates my "shady" pond (Only 5 hours of direct sun) quite well, too. If you're looking for a solid, reliable yellow, I'd pick this one.

Positive lmelling On Oct 19, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is a lovely yellow waterlily - most of the time. I have had two years out of the past 6 when it appears that it does not bloom. I'm not sure why this occurs, but when it does bloom, it's absolutely beautiful. I've divided this several times and have several now in my pond.

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

This hardy water lily has bright yellow blossoms held above the water & is a hobbyist favorite.


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

Clayton, California
Barbourville, Kentucky
Frederick, Maryland
Denville, New Jersey
Ithaca, New York
Spring Branch, Texas
Clifton Forge, Virginia

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