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Nymphaea (Waterlily) Cultivars


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1) Cultivar Name (Epithet):

NymphaeaKew’s Blue Pixie’


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

4) Originator: Carlos Magdalena, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew       5) Year of origin: 2008

            6) Address: Removed to protect privacy

                        Richmond, Surrey, UK


7) Nominant (Named by): Carlos Magdalena, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

            8) Address (if different from above):


9) Introducer: Carlos Magdalena, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

10) Address (if different from above):


11) Applicant: Carlos Magdalena, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

12) Address (if different from above):

3) 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: Nymphaea gigantea blue form


Pollen (paternal) parent: Nymphaea minuta


Please give following dimensions in centimeters.


Description ‑ Flower: Shape: Cup, then more flat

Diameter: 12 cm.

Sepal color, exterior: Green, brownish towards its base, with fine black spotting          

            Sepal color, interior: Blue

            Sepal number: 4

            Petal color: Light blue

Petal number: 14-16

            Stamen: Filament color: Yellow         

            Anther color: Yellow

            Tip color: White, light blue

            Pedicel (flower stalk) color: olive green/brownish

            Pedicel pubescent (fuzzy)? No

Fragrant? Lightly scented

Height above water: 30 cm.


Leaves: Shape: Round, ellipsoidal

            Margin: Lightly dentate

            Length x width:  25 x 20 cm.

            Sinus: Not overlapping

            Lobes: Pointed

            Color, top: Plain green/military green

            Color, underside: Olive brownish/green with

                        a light blue cast and dark blue spots

            Petiole (leaf stem) color: Green/military green

            Petiole pubescent? No

            Viviparous? No

            Spread of plant (diameter): 120 cm.


What cultivar does this plant most closely resemble and how does it differ? Blue N. gigantea, but in N. ‘Kew’s Blue Pixie’ the leaves are much smaller, sepals are brown at the base having black spotting, flowers are smaller, fewer stamens that also are thicker. It has a lower petal count and the flower size is smaller than N. gigantea.


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