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Nymphaea (Waterlily) Cultivars


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1) Cultivar Name:

Nymphaea ‘Foxfire’


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

4) Originator: J. Craig Presnell                          5) Year of origin: 2003

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.):

Water Garden Journal 19.2.9 2004


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: Unnamed seedling

             Pollen (paternal) parent: N. ampla


Please give following dimensions in centimeters


Description ‑ Flower: Shape: Stellate then flat

Diameter:  20-23 cm.

            Sepal color, exterior: Dark green heavily covered with black speckles

            Sepal color, interior: White

            Sepal number: 4

Petal color: Medium blue outer petals, pink inner petals
Petal number: 150

            Stamen: Filament color: NA                 

            Anther color: NA

                        Tip color: NA             

            Pedicel (flower stalk) color: Brown

Pedicel pubescent (fuzzy)? Pubescence on submerged portion

Fragrant?  Slightly

Height above water: 25 cm.


Leaves: Shape: Oval

             Margin: Heavily serrated

             Length x width: 50 x 46 cm.

             Sinus: Closed

             Lobes: Overlapping, pointed   

             Color, top: Maroon with green mottling

             Color, underside: Pink and blue blotches, prominent green veins

             Petiole (leaf stem) color: Brown             

             Petiole pubescent? Pubescence on underwater portion

             Viviparous? No

             Spread of plant (diameter):       305 cm.


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

N. ‘Midnight’, but this has mottled pads and a pink petaloid center.

Unusual characteristics or comments: One of the earliest lilies to open and last to close. Best New Waterlily and Best New Tropical IWGS 2004.

More images of N. ‘Foxfire’






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