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