Nymphaea elegans

Blue Water-lily

Nymphaeaceae

Plant Specifics

Form:Aquatic
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,blue
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Winter dormant
Noted for:Showy flowers

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:
Propagation:
Availability:Specialty providers
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Aquatic (always flooded) ----- to ----- Aquatic)
Moisture Tolerance: Aquatic (always flooded) ----- to ----- Aquatic
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Pond, lake, or stream bottom, Organic material (muck)
Soil pH:

Ecology

Wildlife:
Insects:
 

Everything from flies, to beetles, and various sorts of bees have been recorded on water lilies.  The primary pollinator may be beetles. (In Defense of Plants blog)

Native Habitats:Ponds, ditches, cypress swamps.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 8A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

General Comments:Not typically seen for sale, but a good addition to the aquatic garden.