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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: In Water
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Leaves: Deciduous
Other: Flat, round leaves that float on the water surface.
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: Pink
White
Other: Rarely pink. Flowers open in early morning and close around noon.
Bloom Size: 4"-5"
5"-6"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Water gardens
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Leaves
Roots
Fruit
Flowers
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Self
Flies

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Common names
  • American White Waterlily
  • Waterlily
  • Fragrant Water Lily

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Location: Zilker Botanical Gardens, Austin, TX
Date: 2000-10-05
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2018-10-04
Water Lily 060
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2020-05-20
Location: Northern MN
Location: Aberdeen, NC Pages Lake park
Date: May 5, 2022
Water lily #1, RAB page. LHB page 383-4. AG page  451, 6-4-1, "De
Location: Newland, NC
Date: 2020-07-18
I love the beautiful large blooms of the water lily!
Location: San Marino, CA
Date: 2010-08-28
The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2015-08-17
White Water Lily And Pads 003
Location: Pages lake in  Aberdeen  North Carolina
Date: September 7, 2021
Water lily #1, RAB page. LHB page 383-4. AG page  451, 6-4-1, "De
Location: Aberdeen, NC Pages Lake park
Date: October 30, 2022
Water lily #1, RAB page. LHB page 383-4. AG page  451, 6-4-1, "De
Location: Samson, AL  Z8b
Date: 2022-07-07
Location: Samson, AL  Z8b
Date: 2022-07-07
Location: Aberdeen, NC Pages Lake park
Date: May 5, 2022
Water lily #1, RAB page. LHB page 383-4. AG page  451, 6-4-1, "De
Location: Hiking Trail In Fairfax :-)
Location: Newland, NC
Date: 2020-07-18
This group of water lilies was growing in about 1 foot of water,
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2015-06-05
Water Lily On A Platter 002
Location: Jefferson County, Texas
Date: August 27, 2013
Location: North Carolina Botanical Gardens Chapel Hill, NC
Date: June 2014
Location: Jefferson County, Texas
Date: August 27, 2013
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2017-07-11
Water Lily 033
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2017-07-12
Water Lily 036
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2017-07-14
Water Lily 035
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