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Nymphaea 'Texas Dawn'

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

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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 Pink
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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Gardeners' Notes:

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

While I'm sure it would appreciate more sun than it currently gets, as it is, Texas dawn is a reliable bloomer in my pond, and I look forward it it every year. It does tend to grow out of it's pot rather fast, though, as a warning. You can expect to repot this every two years.

Positive lmelling On Nov 11, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

I purchased a Texas Dawn in 2002 and added it to my collection in the pond. It has been a very hardy, fast growing waterlily, spreading out all over an approximate 5'-6' area in the water. Flowers are a beautiful yellow, not quite as bright as the Joey Tomocik.

I divided in 2004 because when checked in spring, the tuber was growing over the pot and attempting to naturalize. I located 3 growing tips and divided and transplanted all to new pots. Not many flowers in 04, not only due to dividing, but also cool rainy weather. I'm looking forward to lots of blooms next year!

Positive NestEggFarms On Jul 23, 2003, NestEggFarms from Alachua, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This hardy is an excellent bloomer with 26-28 petals per flower & is also fragrant. Inner petals are a rich yellow with outer petals a blushed pink.


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

Hobart, Indiana
Frederick, Maryland
Silver Spring, Maryland
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Ithaca, New York
Waynesville, North Carolina
West Union, Ohio
Albion, Pennsylvania

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