Purple Tropical Water Lilies: Tanzanite

Purple Tropical

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Nymphaea ‘Tanzanite‘ was the Best New Waterlily of 2009 as awarded by the International Waterlily and Water Garden Association in their annual new waterlily competition. Deep violet purple flowers with over 50 petals are a highlight of this plant. Darker in color than any other purple waterlily on the market today its bright golden center offers a unique contrast to the overall color. Another interesting characteristic is the lively mottling of the pads on Nymphaea ‘Tanzanite. Even without a flower this waterlily will still grab your attention. A nice compact growing waterlily that is very vigorous and usually has more than one flower open a day. Nymphaea ‘Tanzanite’ is suitable for any size water garden or pond.

tropical water lily is a magnificent centerpiece…

A tropical water lily is a magnificent centerpiece for the water garden. They hold their fragrant blossoms high out of the water and can have several exquisite blooms at a time. The flowers stay open later in the day than the hardy water lilies and they also bloom later into the season. Tropical lilies can easily be distinguished from hardy water lilies in that the leaves are serrated or jagged. Tropical lilies come in day blooming and night blooming varieties. The day blooming varieties open several hours after sunrise and stay open until several hours before sunset. Some varieties of tropical water lilies are viviparous (growing plantlets on their leaves) which indicates they are more cold tolerant and will continue to bloom through fall in colder climates. The night blooming varieties will open an hour or two before sunset and remain open as late as noon on a cloudy day. For best performance plant tropical water lilies in at least a 2 gallon or larger plant container with a generous amount of heavy garden soil. Even the heaviest clay soils will work fine with the addition of a little sand and fertilizer. Fertilize monthly to reach maximum blooming potential. Depth should be maintained between 6″ and 18″ when first transplanted and then once established can be grown from 12″ to 30″ depending on the variety. Water temperatures should be at least 65 degrees before planting tropical water lilies in your water garden

Height: flowers 4-6 inches above
Width: 4 to 6 foot spread of lily pads
Bloom Season: summer to fall
Bloom Color: Deep violet
Flower Production: Moderate to heavy 2-4 blooms
Foliage Color: Mottled pads
Container Size: 2-7 gallon container
Fertilize: 3 to 5 fertilizer tabs per month
Hardiness Zones: 10 through 12
Light Conditions: full sun to part shade
Hybridizer/Species: Florida Aquatic Nurseries

Tanzanite, Tropical water lilies, water lilies for ponds

Pond Plant Type: Purple Tropical Water Lilies: Tanzanite
Pond Plant Category: Water Lily
Source: Sunland Water Gardens
Author: Jacklyn Rodman
Also See: Aquatic Plants; Water Lilies; Tropical Water Lilies; Purple Tropical Lilies

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