Tropical water lilies are the sub-set of the water lily family that thrives in warm weather. In North America, these plants will go dormant during the colder times of the year and start blooming during the first warm days of Spring. During cold winters, the tubers of these water lilies must be removed from the pond and placed indoor where they will not perish to do cold temperatures. In regions with warmer winters, the tropicals can remain in the pond.
Tropical Water Lilies Characteristics
Flowers: The most common colors are white, yellow, purple, lavender, pink, yellow, autumn, green and blue. Flowers will rise above the water surface several inches and close its petals during nightime.
Growth: Growth in tropical lilies is always vertical and the stems and flowers grow from a single crown. The root system should be planted in a pot for easy handling during winter.
Leaf Pads – Tropical leaf pads are round and thin, with scalloped edges. Colors are usually green, brown, bronze or maroon.
Propagation – This plant propagates by tuber division or from seeds. In the viviparous kind, tropical water lilies will propagate from its leaves.
Here are the different varieties of Tropical Water Lilies generally available for sale in the US.
Tropical Autum Shades Water Lilies (Day Blooming)
Tropical Blue Water Lillies (Day Blooming)
Star of Siam
Star of Zanzibar
Wood’s Blue Goddess
Tropical Blue and Green Water Lilies (Day Blooming)
Tropical Lavender Water Lilies (Day Blooming)
MME Ganna Walska
Tropical Pink Water Lilies (Day Blooming)
Queen of Siam
Tropical Purple Water Liles (Day Blooming)
Dir George T Moore
King of Siam
Tropical Red Water Lilies (Day Blooming)
Tropical White Water Lilies (Day Blooming)
Rhapsody in White
Tropical Yellow Water Lilies (Day Blooming)
St Louis Gold
TROPICAL – NIGHT BLOOMING – PINK WATER LILIES
Rosa de la Noche
Texas Shell Pink
Tropical Red (Night Blooming)
Tropical White (Night Blooming)
Wood’s White Knight