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Nymphaea (Waterlily) Cultivars


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1) Cultivar Name:

Nymphaea ‘Black and Blue’


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

4) Originator: Rich Sacher                                 5) Year of origin: 2002

6) Address: Removed to protect privacy
New Orleans. LA USA


7) Nominant (Named by): Rich Sacher

            8) Address (if different from above):


9) Introducer:

10) Address (if different from above):


11) Applicant:

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.):


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: Cup, stellate

Diameter:  15-17 cm.

            Sepal color, exterior: Deep purple lightly streaked with green

            Sepal color, interior: Light purplish blue

            Sepal number: 4

            Petal color: Medium blue, lighter at base

Petal number: 32

            Stamen: Filament color: Yellow                                    

            Anther color: Light purplish blue

                        Tip color: Light purplish blue    

            Pedicel (flower stalk) color: Green

Pedicel pubescent (fuzzy)? No

Fragrant?  Yes

Height above water: 15 cm.


Leaves: Shape: Ovate

             Margin: Denate and extremely undulate, edges turned up

             Length x width: 33 x 30 cm.

             Sinus: Closed, overlapping, sometimes raised like a sail

             Lobes: Pointed           

             Color, top: Deep purple splashed with green

             Color, underside: Light green speckled heavily with

                     dark purple-maroon

             Petiole (leaf stem) color: Green

             Petiole pubescent? Slightly

             Viviparous? No

             Spread of plant (diameter):       180 – 210 cm.


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

N. ‘Star of Siam’. Pads are very dark and undulate, bordering on black.


Unusual characteristics or comments:

One of the darkest pads in cultivation. Sets off the flowers very well. Cold and somewhat shade tolerant.


Additional Images of N. ‘Black and Blue’






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