Nymphaea odorata

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White Water-lily


Plant Specifics

Size:Floating--leaves -- spread about 5 ft on water surface.
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Winter dormant. Blooms sprint to fall when wet and warm.
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Aquatic species with floating leaves and flowers. Spreads in appropriate water bodies.
Considerations:Could overrun small ponds or water features.
Propagation:Typically from pieces of the underwater stems. Also available containerized.
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Quality nurseries, Specialty providers
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Aquatic (always flooded) ----- to ----- Stays Wet)
Moisture Tolerance: Aquatic (always flooded) ----- to ----- Stays Wet
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:



Flies, bees, and beetles have been recorded. 

Native Habitats:Aquatic. Marshes, swamps in openings, still water.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:While native in Florida, this species is invasive in other areas, especially the Pacific Northwest.