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Nymphaea (Waterlily) Cultivars


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1) Cultivar Name (Epithet):

Nymphaea ‘Myra’


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: Stellate

Diameter: 18-23 cm.

            Sepal color, exterior: Dark brown-green, lightening with age, darker tips.

            Sepal color, interior: Light pink base and middle with darker, redder pink edges and tip.

            Sepal number: 4

            Petal color: Dark shell pink outer petals with lighter tips, progressing to slightly lighter petals closer to the center,

                       center row of petals often blushed yellow, a color similar to Peter Slocum, slightly striped petals. 

Petal number: 38-40

            Stamen: Filament color: Deep yellow to orange        

            Anther color: Deep yellow          

            Tip color: Deep yellow

            Pedicel (flower stalk) color: Green

Pedicel pubescent (fuzzy)? Velvety

Fragrant? Light lemon scent

Height above water: 0-3 cm. in 1m water, maybe higher in shallow water


Leaves: Shape: Round when mature with a slight point at the apex when young

            Margin: Smooth, slightly upturned

            Length x width:  25 x 25 cm.

            Sinus: Starts closed then progresses to slightly open as the leaf matures

            Lobes: Pointy tips that curl upward

 Color, top: Dark green with dark splotches when young. The splotches quickly fade from the center out

              as the leaf grows leaving a medium green mature leaf with no splotches

            Color, underside: Dark pinkish-red with dark splotches and lighter veins turning to green at the petiole.

            Petiole color: Light brownish green

            Petiole pubescent? Light fuzz

            Viviparous? No

            Spread of plant (diameter): 90-150 cm.


What cultivar does this plant most closely resemble and how does it differ? The flower is similar to  N. ‘Peter Slocum’ in color on a plant with N. mexicana heritage, with a flower shape, rhizome and plant similar to N. ‘Pink Grapefruit’. The flower fades much less than many plants like N. ‘Pink Grapefruit’ and N. ‘Colorado’ do. Consistent flower color all summer in zone 6b.

Unusual characteristics or comments: To my knowledge, no other plant has this combination of dark shell pink, large many petaled flowers on a medium sized plant with controlled growth and healthy splotched leaves. The flowers are almost as big as the leaves and leaf density is low. For people who like the pink of N. ‘Peter Slocum’ without the rampant growth, huge size and yearly repotting.





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