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General Plant Information (Edit)
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
Flower Color: Pink
Other: Rarely pink. Flowers open in early morning and close around noon.
Bloom Size: 4"-5"
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
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Self


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Beautiful Photo but... by Lioba Dec 20, 2018 10:29 AM 4
"Peppers on sticks" found in the forest by Macrocentra Jun 18, 2021 8:11 PM 8
water lilies by drdawg Jul 12, 2019 9:09 AM 12
What else do we grow in 2019! Thread 2 by drdawg Jan 11, 2020 5:52 PM 1,238
A few from yesterday's trip. by Horntoad Jun 18, 2014 6:21 PM 4
Todays Wildflowers by Horntoad Dec 16, 2013 3:21 PM 18

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