Hardy Water Lily, Waterlily 'James Brydon'


Family: Nymphaeaceae (nim-fee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Nymphaea (NIM-fee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: James Brydon
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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Color:

Fuchsia (red-purple)


Bloom Time:

Mid Summer



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:

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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 is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

PENNGROVE, California

Stockton, California

Cordele, Georgia

Indianapolis, Indiana

Prospect, Kentucky

Silver Spring, Maryland

Mason, Michigan

Lothair, Montana

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Tiverton, Rhode Island

Clifton Forge, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 31, 2016, mlml from Penngrove, CA wrote:

Care should be taken not to introduce water lilies into wild lands. This from the state of Washington ecology department:
"lake residents are strongly discouraged from planting fragrant water lilies in lakes or natural waterbodies. Not only are water lilies aggressive plants, but sometimes "hitchhiker" plants such as hydrilla can also be introduced to our lakes when water lilies are planted."


On Aug 19, 2013, dan8 from Stockton, CA wrote:

A classic red lily with very uniform foliage and flowers. Absolutely one of my most favorite water lilies because of its beautifully cupped bloom. It starts out dark pink and cupped and by the fourth day, it is more flattened and a darker magenta color, looks almost like a whole different lily. The leaves are perfectly round with beautiful shades of green, and purple when new. It is also nicely mottled, but very modestly. This lily performs very poorly in warm water, and it seems to perform only when given enough space for its roots to spread, but other than that, it is really easy to grow, and has a very nice flower to leaf ratio.
I guess the only drawback to me for this lily is that it closes rather early, at about 4 pm for me. So those who only have time to enjoy there ponds... read more