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Nymphaea (Waterlily) Cultivars


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1) Cultivar Name (Epithet):

Nymphaea ‘Kew’s Stowaway Blues’


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

4) Originator: Andre Leu                                      5) Year of origin: 2008

            6) Address: Removed to protect privacy

                        Queensland, Australia


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

            8) Address (if different from above): Removed to protect privacy, United Kingdom


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: N. Barre Hellquist


Pollen (paternal) parent: N. ‘Andre Leu


Please give following dimensions in centimeters.


Description ‑ Flower: Shape: Starry cup

Diameter: 20 cm.

Sepal color, exterior: Green         

            Sepal color, interior: White with pinkish edge

            Sepal number: 4

            Petal color: Bright and intense blue

Petal number: 20

            Stamen: Filament color: White           

            Anther color: Yellow

            Tip color: Yellow

            Pedicel (flower stalk) color: Green with black dots and dashes

            Pedicel pubescent (fuzzy)? No

Fragrant? No

Height above water: 50 cm.


Leaves: Shape: Round/ elipsoidal

            Margin: Dentate, very acute dents

            Length x width:  70 x 70 cm.

            Sinus: Open

            Lobes: Pointed

            Color, top: Plain green

            Color, underside: Green, with a light blue or light brown hue. Very few and very small black dots may be present.

            Petiole (leaf stem) color: Green, with a light blue or light brown hue

            Petiole pubescent? No

            Viviparous? No

            Spread of plant (diameter): 450 cm.


What cultivar does this plant most closely resemble and how does it differ? N. ‘Barre Hellquist’ and N. ‘Kew’s Electric Indigo’. Much larger than the first one. N. ‘Barre Hellquist’ is darker blue. ‘Stowaway Blues’ doesn’t have harlequin-like specks on leaves like N. ‘Kew’s Electric Indigo’ and it can be easily separated from both by the stigmatic disk: N. ‘Kew’s Stowaway Blues’ has a central black/dark purple dot.



Unusual characteristics or comments: Perhaps one of the largest Nymphaea cultivars. Very reliable bloomer, tolerant of varied growing conditions and a very good performer.





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