Tropical Water Lily, Waterlily 'Panama Pacific'


Family: Nymphaeaceae (nim-fee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Nymphaea (NIM-fee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Panama Pacific
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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 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:

Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:



Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Mid Winter

Blooms all year

Blooms repeatedly



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From leaf cuttings

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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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:


Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2 reports)

Miami, Florida

Aiea, Hawaii

Osage City, Kansas

Saint Robert, Missouri

Meshoppen, Pennsylvania

Corpus Christi, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 16, 2009, PinetopPlanter from Auburn Four Corners, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have had this variety growing for over 3 years now in our pond. I keep plants of it going year-to-year by taking a bunch of the viviparous plantlets (a small plant that forms in the center of a lily pad/leaf) and keeping them on a sunny windowsill in plastic cups with aquatic soil and water a couple of inches deep over the winter. Nice to not have to buy new plants every year!

This is an easy-to-grow variety, with impressive color (purple-blue), nice fragrance, pretty leaves, and the ability to adjust to the size of the container it is grown in. From mid-August on, it is pretty prolific in its setting of viviparous plantlets, and last year it bloomed right through the end of September. I have had 4 blooms open at one time, but I do feed aquatic plant food tablets on a fair... read more


On Jul 13, 2009, khabbab from lahore,
Pakistan (Zone 10b) wrote:

In Lahore Pakistan, this plant blooms from April till October. In winters, it goes dormant. Easy to grow in a small tub. Exotic blooms and sweet mild fragrance. Bigger pot will result in greater blooms. i am growing it in a clay pot of 16 inches diameter wide with 12 inches depth. There are lots of colors available but none of them is night bloomer. This one opens at 10 am while closes at 5 pm


On Jul 28, 2003, NestEggFarms from Alachua, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Blooms are an impressive reddish/purple & they stay open longer than most other tropicals. It will bloom until early frost. Zones 9-11 have a possibility of seeing blooms all year. A Viviparous variety that does well in any size pond. Requires full to partial sun. A great beginner waterlily.