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Nymphaea (Waterlily) Cultivars


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1) Cultivar Name:

Nymphaea ‘Starlight’


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

4) Originator: Rich Sacher                                 5) Year of origin: 1999

6) Address: Removed to protect privacy
New Orleans. LA USA


7) Nominant (Named by): Rich Sacher

            8) Address (if different from above):


9) Introducer:

10) Address (if different from above):


11) Applicant:

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.):

                        The Names of Waterlilies, Knotts 2002


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. ‘Morning Star’


Pollen (paternal) parent: N. ‘Purple Zanzibar’


Please give following dimensions in centimeters


Description ‑ Flower: Shape: Stellate

Diameter:  18-20 cm.

            Sepal color, exterior: Green streaked with purple

            Sepal color, interior: Very light blue, almost white

            Sepal number: 4

            Petal color: Ice blue, lighter at base, stamenoid petals at center almost white

Petal number: 50-54

            Stamen: Filament color: Light yellow                             

            Anther color: White

                        Tip color: Ice blue       

            Pedicel (flower stalk) color: Reddish bronze

Pedicel pubescent (fuzzy)? Slightly

Fragrant?  Yes

Height above water: 15 cm.


Leaves: Shape: Ovate

             Margin: Denate and extremely undulate, edges turned up

             Length x width: 36 x 33 cm.

             Sinus: Closed, usually overlapping, sometimes raised like a sail

             Lobes: Pointed           

             Color, top: Green heavily streaked with purple

             Color, underside: Green heavily flecked with purple

             Petiole (leaf stem) color: Reddish bronze

             Petiole pubescent? Slightly

             Viviparous? No

             Spread of plant (diameter):       210 - 240 cm.


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

N. ‘Star of Siam’. Many more petals, very different pads.


Unusual characteristics or comments:

Excellent bloomer, good flower to pad scale. Cold tolerant.


Additional Images of N. ‘Starlight’






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