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A picture of a Blue Water Lily

Blue Water Lily

Nymphaea nouchali var. caerulea

Also known as

Frog's Pulpit, Blue Lotus, Blouwaterlelie, Kaaimanblom, Paddapreekstoel, Blou Plomb (Afr.), Izubu, Iziba (Zul.), Blue water lily, Water lily

Full Sun
Moderate care
Frequent watering
Tender

8a-11b

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

60cm

Max

2m

30cm

Min

50cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Blue Water Lily

Nymphaea nouchali var. caerulea
Nymphaea nouchali var. caerulea
Nymphaea nouchali var. caerulea
Seedlings of Nymphaea nouchali var. caerulea
Water lilies in the pond at Kirstenbosch

Blue Water Lily Overview

Beautiful blue waterflower carried on a flowering stem above the water level. The leaves float on the survace and grows directly from the tuberous rhizome and move outwards as they age, allowing new leaves to emerge from the middle. The rhizomes are edible, but was used traditionally and no longer in favour. A long flowering season make this a good addition to sunny ponds - best to have them growing at a depth of 30-60cm. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West.

How to harvest Blue Water Lily

Not usually harvested

How to propagate Blue Water Lily

Seed

Division

Rhizomes

Special features of Blue Water Lily

Attractive flowers

Attracts bees

Wet sites

Other uses of Blue Water Lily

Grown for their floating, usually rounded leaves and brightly coloured flowers.

Edible

The rhizomes are edible, although for a long time have not been used.

Edible