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Nymphaea (Waterlily) Cultivars


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1) Cultivar Name (Epithet):

NymphaeaHickory Bend Ruth’


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

4) Originator: Charles Leach                             5) Year of origin: 2003

            6) Address: Removed to protect privacy

            Lynchburg, Ohio USA


7) Nominant (Named by): Charles Leach

            8) Address (if different from above):


9) Introducer: Charles Leach

10) Address (if different from above):


11) Applicant: Charles Leach

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?           No


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: Stellate

Diameter: Up to 20 cm.

            Sepal color, exterior: Green with maroon streaks

            Sepal color, interior: Silvery pink and green

            Sepal number: 4

            Petal color: Lavender-pink

Petal number: 24

            Stamen: Filament color: Yellow

            Anther color: Darker lavender-pink                              

            Tip color: Lavender-pink         

            Pedicel (flower stalk) color: Green

Pedicel pubescent (fuzzy)? No

Fragrant? Extremely

Height above water: 15-20 cm.


Leaves: Shape: Ovate

            Margin: Somewhat denate

            Length x width:  30 x 20 cm.

            Sinus: Closed or slightly open

            Lobes: Rounded and denate

Color, top: Green with maroon streaks aging to chartreuse,
         then gold with red streaks

            Color, underside: Green with red splatters

            Petiole (leaf stem) color: Brownish green

            Petiole pubescent? No

            Viviparous? No

            Spread of plant (diameter): 120 to 160 cm.


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

Based on image gallery photographs the flower is closest to N. ‘Mahogany Rose’ but bluer.

Leaves are similar to N. ‘Key Largo’ but not as heavily streaked.


Unusual characteristics or comments:

An abundance of extremely fragrant lavender-pink flowers are produced over a long season, becoming more lavender in hot weather. The leaves change from green with maroon steaks to chartreuse, or even gold, with red streaks as they age.






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