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Nymphaea (Waterlily) Cultivars


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1) Cultivar Name (Epithet):

Nymphaea ‘Apollo’


2) Hardy or tropical: Tropical                            3) Day or night bloomer: Day

4) Originator: Kit Knotts                                   5) Year of origin: 2001

            6) Address: 2211 S Atlantic Av.

            Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 USA


7) Nominant (Named by): Kit Knotts

            8) Address (if different from above):


9) Introducer: Kit Knotts

10) Address (if different from above):


11) Applicant: Kit Knotts

12) Address (if different from above):


13) Phone: 321-783-0306  14) Fax: 321-783-0306  15) Email: kknotts@cfl.rr.com


16) As far as you know, has this name been published in a dated publication together with a description?



17) If yes to 16, give details of the earliest publication (title, date, publisher, etc.):


18) Has this cultivar been granted Patent or Plant Breeders' Rights, or is it being sold under a trade designation other than the name used here? No


19) If yes to any of the above, please give details:


20) Has a Standard been deposited in a recognized herbarium? No


21) If yes, please give details (where, when deposited, etc.):





Parentage: Seed (maternal) parent: N. ampla


Pollen (paternal) parent: N. capensis


Please give following dimensions in centimeters


Description ‑ Flower: Shape: Stellate, then flat with sepals reflexed

Diameter:  23 cm.

            Sepal color, exterior: Apple green slightly streaked with dark purple

            Sepal color, interior: White

            Sepal number: 4

            Petal color: White

Petal number: 24

            Stamen: Filament color: Yellow            

            Anther color: Light yellow

                        Tip color: White

                        Stamens arranged in ranks like N. ampla


            Pedicel (flower stalk) color: Brownish bronze green

Pedicel pubescent (fuzzy)? No

Fragrant? Yes

Height above water: 36 cm.


Leaves: Shape: Ovate

            Margin: Denate and undulating

            Length x width:  56 x 52 cm.

            Sinus: Open

            Lobes: Pointed

            Color, top: Apple green

            Color, underside: Light green suffused with red mainly on lobes

            Petiole (leaf stem) color: Bronze green

              Petiole pubescent? No

              Viviparous? No

              Spread of plant (diameter): 427 cm.


What cultivar does this plant most closely resemble and

how does it differ?

N. ‘Floyd Wohlfarth’. N. ‘Apollo is pure white without blue tips.

It is the only white hybrid of N. ampla.


Unusual characteristics or comments:

N. ‘Apollo’ is a lavish bloomer, even in almost full shade and in cold weather. It is named for a treasured Lipizzaner stallion and gleams as he did. I grow it in a pond called Apollo’s Mirror.


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