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PlantFiles: Hardy Water Lily, Waterlily
Nymphaea 'Perry's Fire Opal'

Family: Nymphaeaceae (nim-fee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Nymphaea (NIM-fee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Perry's Fire Opal

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 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

Bloom Color:
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

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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1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral bobandmargon On Aug 18, 2009, bobandmargon from Douglassville, PA wrote:

I have had this lily in my pond for over 4 years. It did very well for the first 2 years, producing many blooms. Last year I divided the tubers and last year I had only 1 bloom all summer and only one so far this summer.
Any thought from anyone???

Positive Lilypon On Aug 15, 2003, Lilypon from Moose Jaw, SK (Zone 3b) wrote:

I have this one growing in my pond. It's rhizome is
young yet it often has two or three buds opening at the
same time. It's color is similar to James Brydon but I
like how it's bloom fully opens. It is one of my favorites!


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

Douglassville, Pennsylvania

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