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Nymphaea (Waterlily) Cultivars


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1) Cultivar Name (Epithet):

Nymphaea ‘Over the Rainbow’


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

4) Originator: Kit Knotts                                   5) Year of origin: 2006

            6) Address: Removed to protect privacy

            Cocoa Beach, FL USA


7) Nominant (Named by): Kit Knotts

            8) Address (if different from above):


9) Introducer: Kit Knotts

10) Address (if different from above):


11) Applicant: Kit Knotts

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?


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. ‘RSVP’


Pollen (paternal) parent: N. ampla


Please give following dimensions in centimeters


Description ‑ Flower: Shape: Stellate, then flat with sepals reflexed

Diameter:  22 cm.

            Sepal color, exterior: Green streaked with dark purple

            Sepal color, interior: Light purple

            Sepal number: 4 large, 4 small

            Petal color: Medium-dark purple, slightly darker at tips

Petal number: 44

            Stamen: 186 petaloid stamens, pink, yellow at base,

            Pedicel (flower stalk) color: Bronze green

Pedicel pubescent (fuzzy)? No

Fragrant? Yes

Height above water: 30 cm.


Leaves: Shape: Oval

            Margin: Denate

            Length x width:  56 x 50 cm.

              Sinus: Almost closed V

              Lobes: Pointed          

            Color, top: Green heavily mottled with dark maroon

            Color, underside: Light green suffused with pink, pink and purple speckles

            Petiole (leaf stem) color: Reddish bronze green

              Petiole pubescent? Yes

              Viviparous? No

              Spread of plant (diameter): 300 cm.


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

N. ‘Foxfire’ but the flower is tricolor. N. ‘Smoulder’ but with mottled pads.


Unusual characteristics or comments:

N. ‘Over the Rainbow’ is one of the few cultivars with a multicolored pompom center. Flowers open early and close late. It is tolerant of cold and some shade.







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