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PlantFiles: Tropical Day-Blooming Water Lily, Waterlily
Nymphaea gigantea 'Albert de Lestang'

Family: Nymphaeaceae (nim-fee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Nymphaea (NIM-fee-uh) (Info)
Species: gigantea (jy-GAN-tee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Albert de Lestang
Additional cultivar information: (aka Albert-de-Lestang)

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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:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
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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No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive teresamas On Aug 19, 2006, teresamas from Ormond Beach, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is one of my favorite lilies .It does need really warn water to get going but once it starts it puts on an amazing show . The blooms are massive and peony shaped held aloft on 1-11/2 foot stems rising up out of the pond . It blooms with great regularity and is trouble free for me returning a bit later each spring than Id like .( If I were more proactive I could move the plant to shallower water in the spring to induce it to break dormancy )


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

Ormond Beach, Florida

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