Water gardeners expect truth, not unwanted consequences.
Unfortunately, not everyone always knows or tells the truth;
this can have unwanted consequences. Have you heard a friend
lament that a waterlily was not true to its label? Have you experienced
this nasty situation yourself?
Perhaps the seller merely misidentified the plant, or the
label may have fallen off and it was incorrectly relabeled. The
grower might have substituted plants and mislabeled them to match
the retailer's order. Some people simply don't know or don't
care about truth in labeling.
Improper labeling is not new. I recall in the 1950s walking around
production ponds with Perry D. Slocum, G. L. Thomas, Jr., and
Charles Tricker to agree on proper identification of waterlilies
at their respective locations. They strived to correct false
names received from other sources. They could only dream of an
authoritative resource to help them.
It arrived half a century later. Nowadays WGI actively advances
correct waterlily identification while vigorously promoting the
idea that proper Nymphaea names should apply universally.
In a WGI poll that closed February 21, 2006, Founding Members
voted "Certification of waterlilies for correctness of variety"
as "Issue #1". Eight days later (with vital input from
scientists, growers, retailers, and gardeners) WGI launched its
innovative Truly Named
program in which dealers guarantee truly named waterlilies.
It serves as a potent international program for locating sources
that reliably furnish waterlilies named accurately. Additionally,
Waterlilies empowers internet users with its steadily updated
1,800 "listings with type, description, parents, synonyms,
links to images, links to extra information."
A growing number of participating Truly Named dealers operate
across Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America. If your waterlily
supplier does not participate, urge him or her to join the free
program. Moreover, ask your retailer to buy from Truly Named
Rely on truth with Truly Named waterlilies or you may suffer