Nymphaea elegans

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 8A 9B 

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Blue Water-lily


Plant Specifics

Size: ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,blue
Phenology:Winter dormant
Habitats:Ponds, ditches, cypress swamps.


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



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)