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Nymphaea (Waterlily) Cultivars


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1) Cultivar Name (Epithet):

Nymphaea ‘Bill Frase’


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

4) Originator: Kit Knotts                                   5) Year of origin: 2000

            6) Address: 2211 Removed to protect privacy

            Cocoa Beach, FL 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:  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.):

            Pond & Garden, 32.57, 2001 


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. Nangkwag


Please give following dimensions in centimeters


Description ‑ Flower: Shape: Stellate, wide petals

Diameter: 23 cm.

            Sepal color, exterior: Green heavily streaked with dark purple

            Sepal color, interior: Medium purplish blue

            Sepal number: 4

            Petal color: Medium purplish blue

Petal number: 24

            Stamen: Filament color: Deep yellow                            

            Anther color: Purple, pink tips as flower ages

                        Tip color: Medium purplish blue


            Pedicel (flower stalk) color: Brownish bronze green

Pedicel pubescent (fuzzy)? Yes

Fragrant? Yes

Height above water: 31 cm.


Leaves: Shape: Ovate

            Margin: Slightly denate and undulating

            Length x width:  50 x 47 cm.

              Sinus: Slightly open

              Lobes: Pointed

            Color, top: Smoky green heavily mottled with dark maroon

            Color, underside: Light reddish green splotched with light maroon and flecked with dark purple

            Petiole (leaf stem) color: Brownish bronze green

              Petiole pubescent? Yes

              Viviparous? No

              Spread of plant (diameter): 365 cm.


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

N. ‘Bill Yohn’. N. ‘Bill Frase’ has mottled pads and wider petals.


Unusual characteristics or comments:

The pads of N. ‘Bill Frase’ have an interesting smoky undertone. It is tolerant of cold and flowers year round here in east central Florida. It was named, with his permission, for hybridizer Bill Frase, who was my mentor and teacher.


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