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Nymphaea (Waterlily) Cultivars


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1) Cultivar Name (Epithet):

Nymphaea ‘Sparkler’


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

4) Originator: Kit Knotts                                   5) Year of origin: 2008

            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: Unnamed seedling


Pollen (paternal) parent: N. ampla


Please give following dimensions in centimeters


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

Diameter:  25 cm.

            Sepal color, exterior: Apple green streaked with dark purple

            Sepal color, interior: Yellowish white lightly streaked with purple

            Sepal number: 4 large, 4 small

            Petal color: Medium purple-blue, lighter at base

Petal number: 42

            Stamen: 212 petaloid stamens, deep to light yellow, purple tips

            Pedicel (flower stalk) color: Bronze green

Pedicel pubescent (fuzzy)? No

Fragrant? Yes

Height above water: 27 cm.


Leaves: Shape: Oval

            Margin: Serate

            Length x width:  58 x 53 cm.

              Sinus: Open V

              Lobes: Pointed          

            Color, top: Apple green, slightly flecked when young

            Color, underside: Purplish-red, green veins

            Petiole (leaf stem) color: Bronze green

              Petiole pubescent? Yes

              Viviparous? No

              Spread of plant (diameter): 320 cm.


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

N. ‘Avalanche’. N. ‘Sparkler’ has plain green pads. Petaloid stamens are strong yellow with no hint of pink and flowers do not turn pink on successive days.


Unusual characteristics or comments:

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



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