Hardy Water Lily, Waterlily '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:

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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:

Douglassville, Pennsylvania

Gardeners' Notes:


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???


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!