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PlantFiles: Lotus
Nelumbo 'Mrs. Perry D. Slocum'

Family: Nelumbonaceae
Genus: Nelumbo (nee-LUM-bo) (Info)
Cultivar: Mrs. Perry D. Slocum

One vendor has this plant for sale.

15 members have or want this plant for trade.

Ponds and Aquatics

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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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

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Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

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Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
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6 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive harper97 On Jun 5, 2010, harper97 from Pelham, NH wrote:

Gorgeous, gorgeous lotus. Very vigorous with huge bubble gum-scented blooms. I have 4 in sunken tubs behind my lily pond and one in the pond. Even when not in bloom, the huge, "satellite dish antenna" leaves are amazing, and it's fun to drip water on the leaves and watch it bead up and roll off. I don't even feel the need to try other lotuses, LOL.

Positive greenthum3 On Mar 24, 2010, greenthum3 from Jacksonville, FL wrote:

I planted this lotus in a barrel pond last summer and it seemed to do great. I missed the one and only bloom when I was away at school unfortunately and the plant seemed to wither away . I added water hyacinths to make the little pond interesting still and assumed the lotus was dead. Today I was cleaning out the pond and emptied out the dirt and water and found that the lotus had survived and multiplied profusely. At least 10 to 12 new tubers were at the bottom of the pond. I'm moving the whole pond to a new are and hope the new tubers thrive. Hopefully I will get more than just one bloom this season.

Positive WUVIE On Jun 28, 2007, WUVIE from Hulbert, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

If more people realized how truly easy such gorgeous
aquatic plants were, there would be bounty of Mrs. Perry D.
Slocum lotus everywhere!

It is such a gorgeous flower, and yet at just the right moment
looks so perfect, you just can't help but to stare at it in
disbelief that such a beauty is not artificial.

True, after a few days of hard blooming, it begins to relax,
fall apart and look disheveled, but the few days of stunning
beauty is enough for me to anxiously await the next bloom.

The buds on Mrs. Perry D. Slocum are huge!

The story behind this bloom is as follows.
Copyright for the following text belongs to
Helen Nash of Water Gardening (1996).
'Perry' lends reference to Mr. Perry Slocum, an American
legacy in the lotus world. 1913-2004.

***Begin copyrighted text by Helen Nash***

"Probably Perry's most well known lotus hybrid occurred as the result of a friend's suggestion that he try hybridizing the native American lotus, Nelumbo lutea with the very double pink Nelumbo 'Rosea Plena.' Perry made eight crosses: 4 using N. lutea to N. 'Rosea Plena' and 4 vice versa. From those 8 crosses, only 2 seeds formed. Planting the 2 seeds the following year produced one weak seedling that was discarded and the other, an extremely vigorous plant that opened a very rich double pink, changing to creamy yellow with a pink flush over a three day blooming period. This changeable lotus was named 'Mrs. Perry D. Slocum' and is now the most popular and largest selling lotus in North America.

***End copyrighted text by Helen Nash***

Positive rodaja On May 29, 2006, rodaja from Windsor
Canada wrote:

I have submitted the closest American postal code to where I live in Canada. I had purchased this Lotus (Mrs. Perry D. Slocum) from an educator who dabbled in pond plants. It was well worth the modest money I had paid for the plant. This plant has been the centre of attention when friends comment on our backyard.
While I was re-arranging our landscape in the fall I forgot about my Lotus. It snowed and froze over. In the spring I was in the proces of throwing it out and as I turned it over the dirt fell out of the pot, and to my amazement there was ten healthy rhizomes. I will keep this cite abreast of how these rhizomes respond to propagation.

Positive tcfromky On Oct 16, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Spectular modern hybrid with double flowers. The first day they bloom the flowers are a rosy color, then on the second day, they turn a rose-yellow mix. By the third day, they are a creamy yellow. Some literature on this plant says it can reach a height of 5'.

Positive Charlotteda On Aug 22, 2004, Charlotteda from Pickens, SC (Zone 7a) wrote:

Mrs. Perry D. Slocum is a beauty in or near the pond. Huge leaves with stately flowers. Division by tuber while completely dormant only. Does well in 18" or less of water.


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

Jacksonville, Florida
Middleburg, Florida
Fairburn, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Hobart, Indiana
Denver, Iowa
Earleville, Maryland
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
Pelham, New Hampshire
Emerald Isle, North Carolina
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Big Stone Gap, Virginia

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