Tropical Day-Blooming Water Lily 'Pink Capensis'


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

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:

Flowers are fragrant

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:

Miami, Florida

Ormond Beach, Florida

Frederick, Maryland

Gardeners' Notes:


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

A story with this one: A small rhizome, about the size of a golf ball, with a sad, 1/2" leaf was returned through the mail to Lilypons, where I work. Being of a rescuer mentality, I took the little thing home and began to nurse it back, the last week of April. Its first leaves were up and at the surface two weeks later (it was an early spring for water gardening, unusually warm). Another two weeks, and the leaves were getting pretty big (about 8") and the first buds were coming up.

The plant flowered non-stop, with at least two flowers on the water at all times, from May until our first hard frost, in early October. I was positively astounded. At its grandest, it had four blossoms on the water, was taking up a 4' round area with pads that were ruffled on the edges, and... read more