Floating Hearts

Nymphoides thunbergiana

Small Water Lily, Geelwaterruintjie (Afr.), Marombodane

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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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn, Spring

Fruiting time

Autumn

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

Special features

Origin

Southern Africa and Madagascar.

Natural climate

Ponds, marshes, rivers below 1600m.

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Wet

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Notes

Ornamental water plant

Personality

Family

Menyanthaceae

Flower colour

Yellow, White

Scent

None

Problems

Problem free

Companion plants

Arum lily, Juncus effusus

Credits

profile iconNymphoides thunbergiana
by Alice Aubrey and Mhlonishwa D Dlamini, Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, September 2003. (Name updated August 2008) (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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