Sleeping Beauty Water-lily
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|Noted for:||Aroma, Fragrance, Showy flowers|
|Recommended Uses:||Useful as a curiosity in an aquatic garden as flowers open only late at night and closed by morning.|
|Considerations:||Open only at night. Fragrant.|
|Availability:||Friends, Specialty providers|
|Light:||Full Sun, Part Shade|
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:||Organic material (muck), Sand|
This particular water lily blooms only at night. Personal observation, and a published research study suggest that the pollinator (s) may be beetles.
|Native Habitats:||Aquatic. Marsh, lake. Roadside ditches.|
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
10A 9A 9B
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
Likely more common than suggested by the known county occurrences as likely overlooked since its blooms are nocturnal.
It is not clear to this author why anyone would seek out this plant except as a curiosity. It begins blooming around 11 pm and the flowers are closed by 5 am.