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Santa Cruz waterlily

Victoria cruziana

This giant waterlily produces massive, floating mid-green lily pads that can reach up to 8 feet across and can support the weight of a small adult. Its leaves are reddish purple and softly hairy on the underside. The ephemeral, pineapple-scented blooms appear in summer, lasting only two nights. The 16-inch flowers are white the first night, turning pink on the second night.

CareProvide rich, loamy soil in containers at least 3 feet across and 2 feet deep or grow in a pool at least 3 feet deep. Plants need lots of heat and sun to thrive. Fertilize every 2 weeks during the growing season. Requires about 100 square feet of water surface with room to expand on all sides. Lilies will remain smaller if kept in a small container and are root-pruned, but they will grow quite large if potted up and fertilized regularly. They will flower in their first year if started indoors early.

PropagationSow seed in late winter in 2-3 inches of water at 84-90°F.


  • Genus : Victoria
  • Zones : 10
  • Plant Width : 15 to 30 feet
  • Uses : Containers
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Summer, Summer
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers, Showy Foliage
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink, White
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Moisture : Wet

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