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PlantFiles: Tropical Night-Blooming Water Lily, Waterlily
Nymphaea 'Red Flare'

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

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

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:
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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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive LouAnn707 On Jun 13, 2004, LouAnn707 from Saint Simons Island, GA wrote:

Plant has lovely foilage even when not blooming. Needs medium to large pond, beautiful dark crimsom flowers. As red as a tropical gets. Overwinters in a zone 9 pond.

Neutral NestEggFarms On Jul 29, 2003, NestEggFarms from Alachua, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This beautiful tropical night blooming waterlily is an excellent bloomer which can produce 6 or 7 blooms at a time! It is also extremely prolific. The blooms are held high above the water. The flowers are deep red, round and flat. The leaves are a reddish bronze & heavily serrated. It has a medium to large spread, requires full sun and is great for the beginner.


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

Goodyear, Arizona (2 reports)
Bonsall, California
Lakeland, Florida
Miami, Florida
Sebastian, Florida
Cut Off, Louisiana
Pickens, South Carolina
Spring Branch, Texas

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