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Nymphaea (Waterlily) Cultivars



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1) Cultivar Name:

Nymphaea ‘Bayou Blue’


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

4) Originator: J. Craig Presnell                          5) Year of origin: 2001

6) Address: Removed to protect privacy
 Zolfo Springs, FL USA


7) Nominant (Named by): J. Craig Presnell

            8) Address (if different from above):


9) Introducer: J. Craig Presnell

10) Address (if different from above):


11) Applicant: J. Craig Presnell

12) Address (if different from above):


13) Phone:  14) Fax:  15) Email: Removed to protect privacy


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.):

Luster Aquatic Nursery Price List 2002


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: Unknown

             Pollen (paternal) parent: Unknown


Please give following dimensions in centimeters


Description ‑ Flower: Shape: Stellate

Diameter:  20 cm.

            Sepal color, exterior: Green with black streaks

            Sepal color, interior: Light blue

            Sepal number: 4

Petal color: Cobalt blue
Petal number: 28

            Stamen: Filament color: Purple             

            Anther color: Yellow

                        Tip color: Blue            

            Pedicel (flower stalk) color: Brown

Pedicel pubescent (fuzzy)? No

Fragrant?  Slightly

Height above water: 30 cm.


Leaves: Shape: Nearly round

             Margin: Dentate

             Length x width: 71 x 63 cm.

             Sinus: Overlaps

             Lobes: Pointed           

             Color, top: Green, new pads with a few purple spots

             Color, underside: Light green with obvious veins and pink edges

             Petiole (leaf stem) color: Brown

             Petiole pubescent? Pubescent on underwater portion

             Viviparous? No

             Spread of plant (diameter):       450 cm.


What cultivar does this plant most closely resemble and how does it differ?

N. ‘Wood’s Blue Goddess but much larger, and the flower is fuller, a deeper blue and does not fade.


Unusual characteristics or comments: One of the earliest lilies to open and last to close.





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