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Name: Betsy
Texas (Zone 9a)
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piksihk
Feb 21, 2015 4:06 PM CST
Last year we went to Puerto Rico for business and this was in front of our hotel:

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Can you help id these plants? Don't know anything about pond plants.
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Name: Paul Anguiano
Richland, WA (Zone 7a)
GW & DG: tropicalaria
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psa
Feb 21, 2015 5:13 PM CST

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Most of these are tropical water lilies. Although I could hazard some guesses as to variety, there are many look-a-likes and I couldn't identify with any certainty without closer views of leaf, root, and flower morphology. I see at least three different varieties, though, based on leaf and flower type. If you were looking for one like these, we could certainly point you to specific varieties.

The leaves in the top third of the photo with upturned edges ("rims") are of Victoria cruziana, one of the monarchs of the water lily family, and a huge, beautiful annual in places they are known to thrive. They can be a bit picky in cultivation outside the tropics, though.
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Name: Betsy
Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Daylilies Native Plants and Wildflowers Amaryllis Cottage Gardener Container Gardener
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piksihk
Feb 22, 2015 5:02 PM CST
Thanks, Paul, for the id of the Victoria c. - not seen anything like that - now I can tell others what it is if every asked Smiling
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Name: Bonnie Davis
Clermont, Fl. (Zone 9a)
BonnieGardens
Apr 18, 2015 9:00 AM CST
Anyone know where you can order those Victorian water lilies? I think they are fascinating.

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Name: Paul Anguiano
Richland, WA (Zone 7a)
GW & DG: tropicalaria
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psa
Apr 18, 2015 7:54 PM CST

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Start with http://www.victoria-adventure.org/

That site hasn't been updated, really, in around five years, so the sources given there may or may not be useful. Seeds are hard to come by from resellers because they have to be kept in particular conditions (i.e. wet and between a certain temperature range) and because success rates are so low, especially for beginners. Survival of shipped plants can be hit and miss. I'm told that you're in the right part of the country to make it grow, though. If after reading the material at the above site you still want to give it a go, I can probably dig you up some direct sources to try.

A much easier to grow alternative for monster water lilies is Euryale Ferox, http://garden.org/thread/go/16519/, also mentioned on that site, but very spiky and without the stately upturned edges.
Name: Lee-Roy
Bilzen, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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Arico
Apr 21, 2015 8:25 AM CST
I'd love to have tropical water lilies here, but 1: I don't have a pond and 2: they won't survive the winters here. Don't know how to keep 'm dormant if that's possible either.

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