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Nymphaea (Waterlily) Cultivars


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1) Cultivar Name (Epithet):

Nymphaea ‘Josephine’


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

4) Originator: Florida Aquatic Nurseries, Inc.    5) Year of origin: 1998

            6) Address: Removed to protect privacy

                        Florida, USA


7) Nominant (Named by): Florida Aquatic Nurseries, Inc.

            8) Address (if different from above):


9) Introducer: Florida Aquatic Nurseries, Inc.

10) Address (if different from above):


11) Applicant: Florida Aquatic Nurseries, Inc.

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?   Yes


17) If yes to 16, give details of the earliest publication (title, date, publisher, etc.):

            Water Gardening Magazine, p. 16, Jan/Feb 1998


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: N. ‘Paul Stetson’


Pollen (paternal) parent: Unknown


Please give following dimensions in centimeters.

Colors from RHS Colour Charts.


Description ‑ Flower: Shape: Cup

Diameter: 5-10 cm.

            Sepal color, exterior: 146B

            Sepal color, interior:  157A with 144B edges

            Sepal number: 4

            Petal color: 155B

Petal number: 26

            Stamen: Filament color: 12A    

            Anther color: 158A              

            Tip color: 155D

Pedicel (flower stalk) color: 200C

Pedicel pubescent (fuzzy)? No

Fragrant? Yes

Height above water: 15-20 cm.


Leaves: Shape: Ovate, nearly round

            Margin: Mildly denate

            Length x width:  21 x 20 cm.

            Sinus: Open

            Lobes: Curl upward slightly, tips sharply pointed

            Color, top: 146A

            Color, underside: 146C-166B

            Petiole (leaf stem) color: 200D

            Petiole pubescent? No

            Viviparous? Yes

            Spread of plant (diameter):  50-150 cm.


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


Unusual characteristics or comments:

N. ‘Josephine’ can be kept in a very small container (8-10 cm.) and still perform well.


Additional images of N. ‘Josephine’






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