General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: In Water
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 6 to 12 inches (15-30cm)
Plant Spread: 4 to 6 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: 6 to 8 feet (1.8-2.4m) diameter. The enormous, circular leaves have upturned rims/edges and are said to be strong enough to support a small child..
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Other: Flowers open at dusk and usually close by noon the following day. Each flower usually lasts 2 to 3 days. Blooms open white, turning pinkish to rose as they age.
Bloom Size: 6"-12"
Over 12"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Water gardens
Suitable as Annual
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Immerse pot in minimum 80F water in late winter.
Pollinators: Beetles
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Awards and Recognitions: Other: National Flower of Guyana

Common names
  • Victoria Water Lily
  • Amazon Water Lily
  • Royal Waterlily

  • Posted by sedumzz (Fairfax, VA - Zone 7a) on Dec 7, 2021 8:09 AM concerning plant:
    The large flowers of this lily are so large and fragrant, mainly to attract beetles (I think).

    The beetles smell the scent of the water lily, and think "Ooooh, there must be other beetles there!" and so they go inside the flowers. After they crawl around inside they can find other beetles and can mate and hang out inside the flower.

    After a night or two the flower turns pink and opens up, basically signaling that it has been pollinated.

    If I remember correctly, this is how it works.... If not, I'll just edit the comment
  • Posted by robertduval14 (Milford, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Sep 22, 2016 5:24 PM concerning plant:
    The national flower of Guyana.
  • Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Feb 22, 2018 7:16 PM concerning plant:
    The second-largest leaf in the world at up to 8 feet in diameter.
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