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Nymphaea (Waterlily) Cultivars


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1) Cultivar Name (Epithet):

Nymphaea ‘Hunnycup’


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

4) Originator: Mike Giles                                5) Year of origin: 2006

            6) Address: Removed to protect privacy

                        West Virginia, USA


7) Nominant (Named by): Mike Giles

            8) Address (if different from above):


9) Introducer: Mike Giles

10) Address (if different from above):


11) Applicant: Mike Giles

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: Known


Pollen (paternal) parent: Unknown


Please give following dimensions in centimeters.


Description ‑ Flower: Shape: Cup

Diameter: 15 cm.

            Sepal color, exterior: Medium green aging to lighter yellow-green with darker green tips.

            Sepal color, interior: Orangey-pink

            Sepal number: 4

            Petal color: Somewhat variable. Usually the outer petals are all light pink but are sometimes yellow with pink bases or pink with yellow tips, progressing to more yellow and darker yellow middle petals still with a pink base. Inner row very deep yellow. Sometimes slightly lighter overall.         

Petal number: 25-30

            Stamen: Filament color: Outer row, very deep yellow. next rows very deep orange progressing to deeper, almost red-orange in the inner rows. Very deep orange-red carpel appendages that curl inward and stand well away from the inner filaments.                   

            Anther color: Outer row yellow, inner rows deep yellow to deep orange.         

            Tip color: Outer row yellow, inner rows yellow-orange to red-orange.

            Pedicel (flower stalk) color: Light green

Pedicel pubescent (fuzzy)? Thick velvet arranged in fine lines running vertically the length of the pedicel.

Fragrant? Waxy-sweet, lemony.

Height above water: 15-18 cm.


Leaves: Shape: Round. Slightly wider than long. saucer shaped when young, then flat.

            Margin: Smooth, then even

            Length x width:  18 x 20 cm.

            Sinus: Open

            Lobes: Straight to slightly curved, sSmall pointy tips that point up.

 Color, top: Very dark green with of lots of small evenly distributed dark reddish brown flecks radiating from a lighter green center circle with no flecks. Some lighter green vein shapes. The patterns are retained except in the oldest leaves which eventually turn a lighter even green.

            Color, underside: Very dark pinkish-red, with very dark red splotches starting about an inch away from the green central vein, all other veins dark red. About an inch away from the edge the splotches turn abruptly into fine specks and dots.

            Petiole color: Light green

            Petiole pubescent? Covered with thick short velvet

            Viviparous? No

            Spread of plant (diameter): 90-120 cm.


What cultivar does this plant most closely resemble and how does it differ? N. ‘Pink Tulip’. It differs in that it is a much smaller plant with fewer leaves that are small and dark and show a lot of water, and is a different colored flower. Also similar to N. ‘Colorado’ in plant size and flower height above water. 

Unusual characteristics or comments: A very substantial, richly colored flower, held high above the water rivaling many tropicals, on a very small plant with and very few small leaves. A slow growing root that is slow to make offshoots. Small very thick leaves that have a smooth saucer shaped curve and smooth surface. 30 to 40 percent leaf coverage. Strongly spoon-shaped very thick petals. The sepals are too small for the petals and often expose the outer petals a day before opening, progressively covering less of the petals each evening. The dark colored carpel appendages and the dark filaments and inner anthers along with the petal color give it the color of honey. Generally consistently colored all summer with a very high flower to leaf ratio and slow multiplication rate that should allow the crowding of multiple crowns together to create a compact display of lots of flowers without overcrowding and frequent repoting.





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