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Nymphaea (Waterlily) Cultivars


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1) Cultivar Name (Epithet):

Nymphaea ‘John Wedgwood’


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

4) Originator: Andreas Protopapas                    5) Year of origin: 2005

            6) Address: Nicosia, Cyprus


7) Nominant (Named by): Andreas Protopapas

            8) Address (if different from above):


9) Introducer: Andreas Protopapas

10) Address (if different from above):


11) Applicant: Andreas Protopapas

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.):


Appears in the WGI Journal 1.1.

Appears in the WGI web site galleries.


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: Known


Please give following dimensions in centimetres


Description ‑ Flower: Shape: Star shaped

Diameter: Average 15 cm.

Sepal color, exterior: Light green with red (RHS 49C)

Sepal color, interior: Green with orange white (RHS 159A)

            Sepal number: 4

Petal color:  Orange white (RHS 159A from the base changing to 49A towards the top. Inner petals yellow (RHS 11B)

Petal number: 28

             Stamen: Filament color: Yellow/orange (RHS 16B RHS 17D) changing to (RHS 17B)

             on inner stamens.                    

            Anther color:  Deep Yellow/orange (RHS 16B RHS 17D) changing to (RHS 17B)

             on inner stamens.                    

            Tip color:  Yellow/orange (RHS 16B RHS 17D) changing to (RHS 17B)

             on inner stamens.                    


            Number of Stamens: Between 69 and 75.

Number of Carpellary Styles: Between 13 and  15, yellow/orange (RHS 23A)

Pedicel (flower stalk) color: Brown  round. Four main air holes. Diameter 6 mm.

Pedicel pubescent (fuzzy)? Hairy.


Fragrant?  Fragrant

Height above water: 0  cm.


Leaves: Shape: Orbicular

            Margin: Entire

            Length x width: Max size diameter 18 cm.

            Sinus: Always  open

            Lobes: Slightly mucronate.

Color, top: Green (RHS 147A) with blotches or spots (RHS 200A). On mature leaves the top blotches and spots disappear

Color, underside:  Brown  (RHS 165A) with blotches (RHS 200A)

Petiole (leaf stem) color: Brown, round in shape. Four main air channels, two larger than the other two.

              Petiole pubescent? Yes

              Viviparous? No

              Spread of plant (diameter): Medium size


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




Unusual characteristics or comments:


A changeable yellow, orange, white waterlily. Starts with a yellow colour becoming a more pronounced orange, with white yellow mixed in the petals.

How the plant was named :

John Wedgwood, with Sir Joseph Banks, founded in 1804 what is today the Royal Horticultural Society. John Wedgwood (1766-1844) was the eldest son of  Josiah Wedgwood, uncle of Charles Darwin. Josiah had established an extremely important business in England making pottery and John was intermittently a partner in the firm. Though his passion for the business was far less than his passion for flowers, he introduced many floral patterns and designs on Wedgwood ware. Among these was the celebrated "Water Lily" pattern, sometimes called "Darwin's Water Lily". Unlike the other founders of RHS, over two centuries passed without a plant being named in his honor.

At the time of the Bicentenary of the Royal Horticultural Society, Lady Alexandra Wedgwood, wife of Sir Martin Wedgwood, the present family member of the RHS, suggested that it would be fitting to have a waterlily named for John Wedgwood. In June of 2005, Curator Jim Gardiner of the RHS at Wisley, England, asked Andreas Protopapas if he could help with this. Andreas has therefore named his stunning new yellow-orange cultivar 'John Wedgwood'.

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