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Floating Hearts

Nymphoides thunbergiana

Also known as

Small Water Lily, Geelwaterruintjie (Afr.), Marombodane

Full Sun
Easy care
Frequent watering
Tender

8a-11b

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

40cm

Max

2m

30cm

Min

50cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A photo of Floating Hearts
A photo of Floating Hearts

Overview

A dainty starry yellow flowered water lily with dark green rounded leaves that float above the water line. Naturally occurring in Southern Africa and Madagascar below 1600m. Can handle periods of minimal water and is very well suited for garden ponds. May need to be thinned out from time to time and are grown very easily from cuttings or dividing. Often used as an ornamental water plant. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West, Western Cape.

Common problems

Problem free

    Companion plants

    Arum lily, Juncus effusus

    Harvesting

    Easily grown from root cuttings or divisions

    Propagation

    Seed

    Sowing depth about 30-40cm below water (shallow pond depth).

    Division

    Divide clumbs and replant in water.

    Rhizomes

    Break pieces of rhizomes off to replant in new area.

    Special Features

    Attracts useful insects

    Wet sites

    Attractive flowers

    Attractive leaves

    Uses

    Ornamental water plant